Large quantities of drugs, tens of thousands of pounds in cash and weapons including a Samurai sword have been recovered in a county lines day of action by police.
Officers were able to identify vulnerable people, execute scores of drug search warrants and make 20 arrests across Scotland on Wednesday.
Local officers, special constables and national resources – including road policing and dog units, plus the British Transport Police – worked to tackle the county lines operations.
The term refers to drug dealers from large cities who expand their operations into smaller towns.
In the north-east of Scotland, 38 people were safeguarded, seven warrants were executed and two people were arrested as drugs with a street value of £5,500 were recovered, along with £9,000 in cash and a knife.
Organised crime officers arrested a man from Liverpool near Stirling as part of an intelligence-led operation and almost £35,000 in cash was seized.
Six people were safeguarded in Forth Valley, where police arrested one person and seized an additional three-figure sum of cash.
Tayside officers seized drugs – believed to be heroin, crack cocaine, cannabis and a quantity of pills with a street value of £6,000 – after warrants were executed warrants at three addresses in Dundee.
A quantity of cash and a sword were also recovered.
In Edinburgh, 11 people were safeguarded and officers executed four warrants, with two people arrested and £1,500 of drugs seized, plus more than £2,000 cash.
One person was arrested, £2,000 in cash was seized and 13 people safeguarded in the Lothians and Scottish Borders.
Seven people were safeguarded, four warrants were executed and six people were arrested in the Highlands and Islands after more than £14,000 of drugs and approximately £5,600 in cash was seized.
In Fife, eight people were safeguarded, four warrants were executed and four people were arrested as police seized £4,000 worth of drugs and a number of offensive weapons.
Ayrshire officers executed five warrants and arrested four people, seizing £5,500 worth of drugs and nearly £10,000 in cash.
Police Scotland Assistant Chief Constable Angela McLaren said: “County line gangs groom and exploit the most vulnerable people in our communities including children and young people to store and sell drugs.
“They are intimated, coerced, threatened and often subject to violence.
“These gangs are not welcome in Scotland.”
She added: “Our officers remain absolutely committed to working with our partners in the SOC Taskforce to safeguard individuals who may be at risk and to pursue offenders.
“Together, we will continue to make Scotland a hostile environment to those who seek to engage in criminal activity.
“The positive results during the day of action are an example of this work which will continue in support of the Serious and Organised Crime Strategy.
“As ever, I would urge anyone with concerns to report them to Police Scotland or alternatively to Crime stoppers anonymously.”