More than £1.1m worth of illegal drugs have been seized from the streets of Lanarkshire this year.

A special police unit for the areas of Viewpark, Motherwell, Bellshill, Shotts and Wishaw uncovered the drugs, as well as £100,000 in cash, by gathering intelligence and acting on information received.

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Chief Inspector Norrie said: “So far this year, my officers have acted on information and have proactively discovered drug-related offending resulting in 34 offenders being charged in connection with the supply of controlled drugs.

“We have also forced entry to properties, under warrant, across the area and made arrests resulting in offenders being reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

“I’d urge anyone with concerns about drugs in their area to call us on 101. You can also pass on information to @Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, or when you see a crime in progress, always call 999."