Drug bust will ‘disrupt’ crime gangs in West Lothian

Police recovered �300,000 worth of drugs in Linlithgow and Bathgate
Police recovered �300,000 worth of drugs in Linlithgow and Bathgate

Four men have appeared in court after police found thousands of pounds in drug raids targeting organised crime in West Lothian.

Andrew Raven (34), from Linlithgow, and Ryan Ingleston (24), Neil Scott (38), and Andrew Weir (27), who are all from Bathgate, were charged with being concerned in the supply of drugs after officers found £300,000 worth of class A and class B substances.

They appeared at Livingston Sheriff Court yesterday (Thursday) and made no plea. Scott was remanded in custody and the others were released on bail.

An address in Kingsfield was raided on Wednesday, January 6, and 34 kilos of cannabis and a kilo of cocaine were found, and two men were arrested.

Earlier that day two men were stopped in Bathgate town centre and found to be in possession of five kilos of cannabis along with £12,000 in cash. Officers then searched a house in Meadowpark Crescent, Bathgate, and a further £10,000 was seized.

Chief Inspector Stevie Dolan said: “This has been a sizeable seizure of harmful substances before they could make their way on to the streets of West Lothian and will undoubtedly disrupt the cash flow of organised crime groups operating in the region.”

He said organised crime would not be tolerated and the public have “made it clear” they do not want drug dealers operating in their area.

Neil Scott is expected to appear at Livingston Sheriff Court again next week.