OVER £5million in drugs have been seized by cops in a series of motorway stings.

The Scottish Sun reported that the intelligence led operations took place between January and March this year in swoops on vehicles transporting the illicit substances over the border via the M74 - the main route between Scotland and England.

Multi-kilo quantities were found at roadside stops by police over the three month period.

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Assistant Chief Constable Pat Campbell, Police Scotland’s lead for Organised Crime, Counter Terrorism and Intelligence, said: “Over £5 million worth of drugs were seized on the M74 between January and March 2021. That is a testament to Police Scotland’s commitment to disrupting those involved in serious and organised crime in Scotland.

“Keeping people safe and continuing to make the country a hostile environment for those who seek to bring misery to our communities through their organised criminality remains a priority for Police Scotland. We will work relentlessly using all resources at our disposal to ensure they are brought to justice.

“We rely on information from the public and we will take action on information that is passed to us. Anyone with concerns about organised crime or drugs should contact Police Scotland via 101, or 999 in the event of an emergency.”