Three workers have been charged with drug offences after police raided the waste management depot at West Lothian Council.
Officers carried out the raids after being tipped off employees were involved in drugs misuse at work.
The men, aged 49, 43 and 34, were arrested during the raids on Tuesday and will be reported to the procurator fiscal.
It is understood they work in the waste management department at Deans Industrial Estate.
Detective chief inspector Stephen Healy said: “We are committed to tackling drugs offences wherever they arise and continue to liaise with West Lothian Council in relation to this operation.”
West Lothian Council supported the raids, saying: “West Lothian Council is co-operating fully in this matter. It is not appropriate for us to comment further at this time.”
Presently, we have scant information about tis incident and will follow-up as soon as possible.
Notwithstanding, this raises the generally unspoken risk of those involved in the management of pharmaceutical wastes, now carefully segregated to facilitate disposal and waste treatment as well as targeted theft!
There is great temptation, and potentially easy pickings. Operators must be aware of this and take all appropriate precautions to prevent access to drug waste and removal from site.