Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Three men admit organised crime offences in Edinburgh

Three men have admitted drugs offences and possessing forged bank notes following a police operation against serious organised crime in Edinburgh.

Almost £10,000 in forged notes was seized, along with a kilo of cannabis and more than half a kilo of heroin.

Jason Forbes, Edmond Reid and Darren Handren admitted the offences. They will be sentenced later this month.

The operation was carried out in the Inch and Niddrie areas between October 2012 and May 2013.

'No hiding place'

Following the case at the High Court in Edinburgh, Det Ch Insp Colin Boyle, of Police Scotland, said: "All of these men were responsible for the distribution of harmful drugs and counterfeit money into our communities.

"As part of Operation Harvester the organised crime counter terrorism unit conducted a detailed investigation into their activities and movements over several months.

"The operation culminated in the recovery of large quantities of drugs and cash and the subsequent arrest of these men who now face lengthy prison sentences for offences associated with organised crime."

He added: "Forbes, Reid and Handren believed that the Inch and Niddrie areas were safe places for them to continue their illegal activity without reprise.

"However, thanks to vital information from the public, we have once again been able to demonstrate that there is no safe hiding place for criminals within Edinburgh.

"Whenever we receive intelligence from our communities relating to ongoing criminal activity we will investigate thoroughly and anyone found to be involved will be brought to justice."

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