Two men have been arrested in Kilwinning in connection with the alleged supply of Class A drugs as part of a UK wide operation.

The operation today (Thursday, October 12) involved officers from ‘Titan’ - the North West Regional Crime Unit, which saw warrants being executed in Ayrshire, Cumbernauld, Cheshire, and North Wales.

With the support of officers from Police Scotland, Cheshire Police and North Wales Police, 10 properties were searched under the powers of a search warrant, as part of a long running investigation into the supply of Class A drugs.

Following today’s operation two men from Kilwinning, aged 42 and 47, and a 41-year-old man from Stevenston and were arrested for alleged involvement in the supply of Cass A drugs.

Detectives from Ayrshire Division and Locality Policing Team officers from North Ayrshire assisted officers from south of the border, with the operation in Kilwinning and Stevenston that resulted in the arrests.

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Sommerville from Ayrshire Division said: “This operation today is as a result of close cooperation with law enforcement colleagues throughout the UK and reinforces our commitment to tackling organised crime and the supply of illegal drugs in Ayrshire.

"We will continue to work with local communities and with our law enforcement colleagues to disrupt the supply of drugs and arrest those responsible for causing untold harm.”

Detective Inspector Paul McVeigh from Titan, said: "Titan exists to tackle and take down the most serious, hardened and organised criminals who pose the more serious threat to the communities. But we cannot do this work alone and we are grateful for our colleagues, particularly those at Police Scotland, for assisting and supporting us during this wide-ranging and ongoing investigation.

"Our message to those involved in drug supply is that you cannot escape justice and there are no borders, we will work with other forces to relentlessly pursue those profiting from serious organised crime.”