Woman found dealing drugs near East Lothian primary school

A WOMAN was dealing class A drugs near a primary school in East Lothian.

Adelle Mackie, 34, was stopped on the street by the police after they received information that she was selling diamorphine near Wallyford Primary School, East Lothian.

They found 19.4 grams of the drug as well as £166.60 in cash in her handbag and a search of her home the same day led to the discovery of scales covered in traces of diamorphine.

Today at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, Mackie – from Musselburgh – pled guilty to supplying diamorphine between February 19 and April 13 this year.

Depute fiscal Pauline Shade told the court that another search was carried out of Mackie’s home two months later when 12.5 grams of the drug was also found.

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Teenager who beat heroin dies of methadone overdose

By Amanda MacMillan

AN ex-drug addict who helped young heroin users fight addiction has died after taking a single dose of methadone at a friend’s flat.

Linzi McGowan, 19, who worked for Snowsport Scotland, was found dead at a friend’s flat on Sunday morning, less than 24 hours after being released from hospital following a methadone overdose.

Having been drug free for a year she was helping other young heroin users fight their addiction when she died.

Her grief stricken Mother Myrna, 50, described her daughter as “full of love, happy and never down in the dumps.” Continue reading

Fife Police seize Class A’s with street value of £500,000

By Christine Lavelle

Police seized more than £500,000 worth of heroin and cocaine during a series of planned drugs raids in Fife.

A 26-year-old man from Kirkcaldy is expected to appear at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court tomorrow (Fri), in connection to the discovery of the class A drugs.

Fife Constabulary confirmed it was part of an ongoing intelligence led operation designed to tackle serious organised crime.

Detective Superintendent Garry McEwan, head of crime management for Fife, said: “The targeting of those involved in drug dealing and organised crime remains a very high priority for Fife Constabulary.

“The misery caused to local communities by this form of criminality cannot be understated, and Fife Constabulary is fully committed to use all available resources to target, disrupt and detect those involved in its supply and distribution as set out in the Force Policing Plan.

“Class A drugs cause significant harm within our local communities and it is these communities that I appeal to now.

“Contact the police if you have information about those involved in serious crime, including drug dealing and we will react and when possible arrest those criminals involved.

“In relation to this particular seizure I would again like to thank our communities for their ongoing support and would urge that members of the public continue to alert us as to their concerns and provide information that would assist us in removing harmful drugs from our streets.

“We will listen and investigate what the public tells us.”

Police arrest over a dozen suspected gang members during raids

By Christine Lavelle

SCOTLAND’S notorious crack cocaine gangs were targeted during a series of dawn raids by police today.

At least a dozen people and several thousands of pounds worth of drugs and cash were seized in the major operation involving some 100 police officers.

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Drug deaths on the rise despite decline

By Cara Sulieman

THE NUMBER of drug related deaths in Scotland is going up, despite a decrease in the last year.

Figures published today show that in 2009 there were 545 drug related deaths in Scotland, 29 less than the year before.

But the numbers are the second highest ever recorded by the Register General for Scotland and it looks as though they are going to keep rising.

The vast majority of the deaths were of men, standing at 76 per cent.

The Scottish Government said it was doing its best to make sure the upward trend doesn’t continue and are introducing new drugs to try and reduce the number of drug related deaths.

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Bad news for Scotland as it tops chart for drugs misuse

By Christine Lavelle

A NEW study has revealed Scotland has some of the worst drug abuse rates than anywhere else in the world – and it keeps getting worse.

An international survey, by the UN, includes results from 200 countries, and shows more people per head use heroin, ecstasy and cocaine in this country than almost every other.

Shocking figures demonstrate that almost four per cent of the population is regularly using the class A drug cocaine, which is the highest recorded anywhere.

Around 1.5 per cent of Scots adults inject or smoke opiates – almost three times the world’s average. Continue reading

Heroin Addict Claimed Dalkeith Drugs Stash Was Chocolate

By Christine Lavelle

A HEROIN addict caught with 57 bags of the drug tried to tell police he was dealing in chocolate.

Officers received a tip off that Kevin McHugh, 35, was supplying diamorphine from his home in Dalkeith last October.

And when they raided his Midlothian home and found almost £600 of illegal substances, he told them: “That’s my chocolate.””

Police were not fooled by his claim, and swiftly arrested McHugh on suspicion of dealing drugs.

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He pleaded guilty today (Tue) at Edinburgh Sheriff Court to charges of possession and supply of the controlled Class A drug diamorphine.

Described as a heavy drug user, McHugh – who played up to the cameras outside court – claimed 40 of the ‘tenner’ bags were for his personal use.

But he admitted he planned to sell the remaining 17 to other known heroin users in his circle of friends. Continue reading