Significant quantity of drugs seized by Police following operations in Irvine and Kilbirnie

A significant quantity of drugs have been seized by police following a proactive operation acting on the concerns of local people in Irvine and Kilbirnie.



About 1045 hours on Tuesday 8th September 2020 officers from the Ayrshire Division Proactive Crime Team forced entry to a property in McKinlay Crescent, Irvine under the powers of a search warrant.


Class A drugs, believed to be heroin, with a street value in excess of £2,000 and tablets suspected to be class C drugs were recovered during a search.


A four figure sum of cash was also seized under Proceeds of Crime legislation.


A 52 year old man and a 43 year old woman were arrested for being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs.




About 1105 hours the following day [9th September] entry was forced to a property in Borestone Avenue, Kilbirnie.


A significant quantity of class A drugs, believed to be heroin, with a street value in excess of £30,000 and over 100,000 tablets suspected to be class C drugs were seized.


A 40 year old man was arrested and charged for being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs and was held in police custody to appear at court.


Full reports have been sent to the Procurator Fiscal and the tablets seized will be the subject of further analysis.


Chief Inspector Brian Shaw, Area Commander for North Ayrshire, commented “these searches are part of our ongoing commitment to work with the community and our partners to target those involved in the supply of drugs which have a devastating impact on the lives of local people.




“The volume of items recovered in these incidents will undoubtedly have a significant impact in disrupting the wider activities of the organised crime networks who profit from this type of activity. The huge number of tablets seized could potentially have a street value in the region of £75,000 - aside from the profits for those involved each one has the potential to devastate a family or community.


“We continue to support the activities of our partners and promote recovery opportunities in the local area through our partnerships with the local Alcohol and Drugs Partnership.”




Anyone with concerns about crime in their community is encouraged to contact their local policing team by calling 101 (in an emergency always dial 999).


Information can also be passed via the independent charity CrimeStoppers by calling 0800 555 111 where anyonymity can be maintained.

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