Co-ordinated raid at Evape-o-lution

Police officers outside the 'Evape-o-lution' store in Montrose during the raid on Monday.
Police officers outside the 'Evape-o-lution' store in Montrose during the raid on Monday.

A Montrose shop was the target of a police raid as part of a regional operation against so-called ‘legal highs’ this week.

‘Evape-o-lution’ on the town’s High Street was one of three shops in the Tayside region which was the subject of the co-ordinated raid on Monday (July 7).

The other premises that were searched were similar ‘head shops’ in Arbroath and Perth.

Executing warrants in respect of drug searches and reckless conduct, a full search team of 11 officers and a sniffer dog searched the Montrose shop looking for items that fell into either category.

The Area Commander, Chief Inspector Gordon Milne, told the Review: “Monday saw the execution of several search warrants granted to Police Scotland to enter various properties, search for and then seize articles and other evidence which we believe will be evidence of criminal

“This follows on from months of intelligence gathering and enquiries by Angus based officers into the sale and supply of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS).

“We are working very closely with the Crown Office and Procurators Fiscal Service both locally and nationally as much of our work in terms of dealing with the supply of NPS is legally ground-breaking.

“The physical evidence which we secured on Monday will be assessed over the next couple of weeks, which will then dictate the future directions of our enquiries.

“Ultimately, as soon as possible, we hope to submit reports to the Procurator

“I am delighted with the way in which the operation has gone and I am proud of my officers in the way in which they have worked tirelessly on this issue, as I am extremely aware of the significant public concerns there are across Angus with regards to the supply and sale
of NPS.”