Police have launched two separate investigations after more than eight kilos of MDMA were found in two shipments of pet food.
The investigation by a joint unit of officers from the National Crime Agency and Scottish Police after Border Force officers discovered the two packets of ecstasy destined for addresses in Scotland at a post office in Coventry.
One with dog food had been sent from Belgium. The other, supposedly cat food, had come from Germany. The two seizures are not currently linked.
On July 27, OCP officers moved to arrest a 26-year-old man in Kirkcaldy in connection with the first package, while a 20-year-old man was arrested in the Forfar area on August 3 in connection with the second import . According to the police, investigations are currently underway.
NCA Scotland Operations Manager Rob Miles said: “These drugs are having a serious and significant negative impact on our communities – the drug death toll in Scotland remains at very high and tragic levels.
“That is why the Organized Crime Partnership is committed to tackling all aspects of drug-related crime and in particular the NCA and Police Scotland are working with Border Force to stop the wholesale importation of these deadly substances.”
Police Scotland Detective Inspector Gordon Constable said: “Tackling organized crime and disrupting the activities of those involved remains a priority for OCP (Scotland) officers.
“We will continue to work closely with our colleagues in the NCA and members of the Serious Organized Crime Task Force, underscoring our commitment to the country’s Serious Organized Crime Strategy.”