A MAN has been arrested after police raided his Kilbirnie home and found alleged drugs with an estimated street value in excess of £1,000.

The 43-year-old was charged with possession of alleged Class C drugs, possession of alleged Class B drugs and possession with intent to supply alleged Class B drugs.

Officers raided the property in Mossend Avenue on the evening of Wednesday, March 29.

A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal and the man was released on an undertaking to appear at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court at the end of the month.

Sergeant Joe Murdoch said: “We are acting on what the public tell us.

“Our community is telling us that drug misuse and abuse is a problem and they want us to resolve that problem.

“If anybody has any information of drug misuse or abuse in the community then please speak to us or call 101. All information we get is strictly confidential.”

The alleged drugs were sniffed out by a springer spaniel named Poppy, who is hanging up her lead after seven-and-a-half years working with Police Scotland.

The eight-year-old is trained to detect drugs, cash and firearms and trains with Police Dog Handlers Kevin Mason and Colin Bamber.

PC Mason, who Poppy lives with, told the Herald: “She’s ready for retiring.

“The training is ongoing. After this [the raid] we’ll take her tracking. Colin will walk through the fields and she’ll follow his scent.

“Times are changing so you need to keep up-to-date. The plastic notes are coming in so obviously that will have new challenges.”