FIVE men have been arrested and charged following an operation in Galashiels where police recovered cannabis with an estimated street value of more than £2.3 million.

On the morning of Tuesday, March 26, officers executed intelligence-led drugs search warrants at two properties on Channel Street.

Significant quantities of cannabis were recovered from both properties and further enquiries remain ongoing in the area.

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The five men, aged between 26 and 63, are expected to appear in court on Wednesday, March 27.

Detective Sergeant Barry Roebuck said: “Taking drugs off the street is a priority for Police Scotland and information provided by the public is vital in helping us continue to do this.

“If you have any information or concerns about drug misuse, do not hesitate to contact Police Scotland on 101 or report this anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Chief Inspector Stuart Fletcher, the local area commander for the Scottish Borders added: “We would like to thank the local community in Galashiels for their support and understanding as officers continue their activities in the area over the coming days.

“Drug misuse brings nothing but misery to our communities and I want to reassure people in the Scottish Borders that we will continue to use every tool and tactic at our disposal to target those involved in this criminal activity.”