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Second man in court over recovery of cocaine

A man has appeared in court in connection with the recovery of £200,000 worth of cocaine.

Stuart Thompson, 34, from Livingston appeared on petition at the town's sheriff court on Monday, 24 November.

Another man, George Thompson, 58, also from Livingston, appeared at Jedburgh Sheriff Court on 21 November on a similar charge.

The case against Stuart Thompson was continued for further inquiries and he was remanded in custody.

The case against George Thompson was also continued, however, he was released on bail.

Police Scotland said a van was stopped on the A7 road near to the village of Heriot on 20 November and cocaine with a street value of up to £53,000 was discovered.

After stopping a second vehicle at the weekend on the A71 near Polbeth, officers recovered three kilos of cocaine with a street value over £150,000 at a number of addresses in Midlothian and West Lothian.

Police are still investigating the involvement of a 52-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman who were also arrested in connection with the drugs hauls but have not appeared in court.

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