Angus South MSP Graeme Dey this week praised the efforts of Police Scotland in their continued targeting of drug dealers in Arbroath.
The MSP made the comments on Tuesday, the same day that the Scottish Government published its latest statistical bulletin on crime and justice which shows that there were 28,968 drug seizures in 2012/13.
This was a decrease of seizures of around three per cent on the previous year, but substantial increases were recorded in the quantities seized for drugs such as cocaine.
As part of Police Scotland’s commitment to disrupt the supply and consumption of controlled and illicit drugs around 60 officers targeted addresses in Arbroath last month as part of Operation Trillium, a follow up to Operation Shrug in October.
Mr Dey said: “I commend the officers of Police Scotland whose sterling efforts have made our communities safer places to live and work in.
“Today’s statistics show a three per cent decrease in the number of seizures, but substantial increases in the quantities seized for some drugs like cocaine. Police are taking an intelligence-led approach towards these criminals and I am pleased that this strategy is working.
“Of course there is always more that can be done and the Scottish Government is working in partnership with law enforcement agencies to continue to disrupt the supply of illegal drugs as well as educate young people on the dangers of using drugs. Happily we are clearly making inroads on that front with drug taking among the general adult population falling since 2006 and drug use among young people at its lowest levels since 2002. Progress is being made but we must continue to fight the scourge of drugs.”
Assistant Chief Constable Ruaraidh Nicolson added: “Those involved in the supply of these harmful substances should be under no illusion that we will relentlessly pursue them and the proceeds of their criminal activities.
“Police Scotland works closely with the Scottish Government and other partners to reduce the demand for controlled and illicit drugs. We have been at the forefront of programmes to inform communities, and particularly young people, about the risks and dangers associated with the consumption of controlled drugs through programmes such as ‘Choices for Life’.
“These and other community interventions ensure we continue to support the wider work to reduce demand for controlled drugs.
“The Scottish Crime Campus is now operational and places Scotland at the forefront of crime investigation and prosecution. The campus brings together key organisations under one roof to strengthen the fight against serious organised drug crime.
“Police Scotland and its key law enforcement partners are committed to the seizure of controlled and illicit drugs as part our continuing focus on keeping people safe.”