Two men have been jailed in connection with raids in Dundee that saw hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of drugs seized.
Ahmed Ali and Timothy Morgan were jailed for a combined five years after officers found more than 400,000 worth of cocaine at properties around the West End and the Hilltown.
The operation involved specialist officers from the Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism Unit, as well as local police.
DI Scott Thompson leads the OCCTU in Tayside, and was involved in the operation which resulted in the October busts.
He said: “They were targeted because they were involved in serious organised crime. The raids were part of focused enforcement on those two individuals.
“It’s all about the threat and risk of harm to the community.
“In terms of public safety it’s a very good thing, getting a significant quantity of controlled drugs off the streets.
“It was a substantial amount of cocaine that was prevented from reaching the streets of Dundee.”
Heroin is more usually seen as the problem drug in Dundee, but DI Thompson said the type of substance is irrelevant.
He said: “What type of drugs they are doesn’t particularly bother me. It’s the people who bring a threat to the community.
“And not just in Dundee, it’s the whole of Scotland basically.”
Ahmed Ali and Timothy Morgan were sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow on Wednesday.
Ali, 34, was sentenced to three years in prison from January 29 2014. Ali, of Kinghorne Road, Dundee, was convicted of one charge for contravention of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
That concerned his involvement in supplying a controlled drug, namely cocaine.
Morgan, 38, was sentenced to two years imprisonment from October 4 2013. He was found guilty of one charge of breaching the same section of the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Officers had searched properties in the Kinghorne Road area, off the Hilltown, and on Perth Road in the West End.
Last week, in an unrelated operation, police seized 50,000 worth of heroin during a search of a house in the Stobswell area of Dundee. A 57-year-old man was arrested and charged with being concerned in the supply of Class A Controlled drugs. A report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.