VIDEO: Police raid Arbroath drug den

An Arbroath home was at the centre of a series of raids by Police Scotland this morning (Wednesday) as part of a major anti-organised crime operation.

Operation Shrug targeted an address in Helen Street, Arbroath, and was executed by 50 officers from Angus, Dundee, Grampian and Fife led by Angus local area commander Chief Inspector Gordon Milne.

Police outside the house in Helen Street, Arbroath, following the raid on Wednesday.

Police outside the house in Helen Street, Arbroath, following the raid on Wednesday.

The idea was to disrupt the operations of a group which, it was alleged, has been dealing heroin in Arbroath and Dundee for a number of years.

Speaking minutes prior to the Helen Street raid, Chief Inspector Milne said: “Operation Shrug is our answer to a serious organised crime group we’ve identified in Arbroath which has been operating for some time.

“Today is another phase and we’ve had the opportunity to bring in about 50 officers from Angus, Dundee, Fife and Grampian and we’ve had intelligence that this is a good time to hit them.”

He continued: “We’re going in to look for drugs, money, car insurance, TV Licence, any kind of crime, trying to make it so difficult for them to operate.”

One individual was led away in handcuffs from the address to a waiting police vehicle and it is understood another two remained inside to help police with their inquiries.