Police Scotland has received information that suspected drug dealers from the northwest of England have travelled to Shetland intending to distribute heroin.
The alleged dealers have previously used bed and breakfast, hotel and private rental accommodation as a base for their activities. Police are urging the Shetland hospitality industry to be vigilant and reporting any suspicious behaviour.
Inspector James McConnachie said: “These criminals are intent on only one thing, and that’s making money through the suffering of people living in Shetland. They do not care about the consequences their actions can have on our community.
“Shetland remains a very safe place to live and work however we know that criminals are still intent on preying on and exploiting vulnerable people.
“It’s the local community who can play the most crucial role of all by telling us when and where suspicious activity is happening to allow us to disrupt and robustly target these organised groups.
“I would encourage anyone who has suspicions that an individual may be involved in serious organised crime or the illegal drugs trade to contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you would prefer to remain anonymous.”