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19 April 2016, 12:58
Police have seized more than £117,000 worth of drugs in the Highlands in the past week.
Drugs including cocaine, heroin, cannabis and amphetamine were found in a series of raids across the region as part of Operation Ram.
A total of 17 people were reported to the procurator fiscal in connection with alleged drugs offences after properties in Caithness, Ross-shire, Inverness and Nairn were searched.
Seizures included class A, B and C drugs with a total street value of £117,205.
Detective inspector Peter MacKenzie said: "Tackling drugs is one of the top priorities for Police Scotland and the action taken over the last week demonstrates our commitment to dealing with this issue.
"The Highlands and islands remain safe places to live but can still be exposed to those determined to cause harm by peddling illegal drugs into our communities.
"In tackling drug trafficking it is vitally important that we continue to listen to the communities we serve and gather intelligence from the public which helps us target serious organised crime groups and drug dealing activity.
"The information provided enables us to bring such operations to a successful conclusion and reduce the harm that drugs cause once in our community.''