Drugs with a 'street' value of £30,000 have been seized in the Highlands and Islands throughout December as targeted action continues to take place across the region.

Under Operation RAM 26 search warrants were enforced resulting in 18 drugs seizures and the recovery of £7,000 in cash. Five people appeared from custody in relation to these warrants and enquiries into a number of cases are ongoing. And 54 searches were also carried out on people in the street or in vehicles which resulted in further recoveries.

Detective Chief Inspector Michael Sutherland, who leads Operation RAM, said: "Over the last few weeks we have used information supplied to us by concerned members of the public to target those involved in the sale and supply of illegal drugs across the Highlands and Islands, directly leading to the results we are sharing today.

"I would like to thank the public for their ongoing support in helping us keep our communities as safe as possible and would also stress that by continuing to pass on information we can continue to marginalise people in your communities who think it is OK to be involved in drug dealing and wider organised crime by stopping them in the street, in their cars and searching their homes.

"They are the ones that should feel afraid, marginalised and be looking over their shoulders and my message to them is very clear - you are on the list and we will get to you.

"If anyone has any information about drugs in your community you can make the difference by calling Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

"Alternatively you can visit the Crimestoppers anonymous reporting web page if you would prefer not to talk to anyone.

"People in the Highlands and Island have made it very clear that they want Police Scotland local policing teams to take enforcement action against criminals dealing illegal drugs within our communities. We are listening and be rest assured it is a priority - there will be no let-up."