Cops block traffickers’ trade route to Dundee
Police have smashed a series of organised crime groups trafficking heroin and other drugs into Tayside from the north west of England (writes Geraldine McKelvie).
The Tele can reveal today the full extent of the police operations against the so-called “scally run”.
Tayside Police have staged major investigations into the trade at a rate of more than one a month.
Their actions have resulted in drugs valued at almost £1 million being taken off the streets and dozens of suspects being taken into custody.
Chief Constable Justine Curran said, “During the year April 2009 to March 2010, Tayside Police conducted 15 major investigations targeting serious organised criminals throughout the force area involved in drug trafficking from the west coast of Scotland and/or the north west of England, notably Liverpool, into Tayside.
“Enforcement action surrounding these operations resulted in the arrests of 64 criminals and a total of £77,989 seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
“Controlled drugs to the value of £983,976 were recovered, which included almost three kilos of cocaine worth £189,500, almost 6.5 kilos of heroin worth £634,020, 571 cannabis plants worth £159,500 and a quantity of Diazepam and Valium worth £956.”
Operations Trojan and Jade — which were undertaken in partnership with Merseyside Police — identified a number of individuals involved in transporting heroin from Liverpool to Dundee.
As the Tele reported earlier this year, police discovered the Fintry and Whitfield housing schemes were significant in the trafficking of the drug into the city.
As a result, seven people — three from Liverpool and four from Dundee — are currently behind bars for their role in the supply of the drug, serving a combined total of 19 years in prison.
However, the force has long said that it will never be complacent.
Appealing to the public for intelligence about drug dealing, it said it recognised that for every criminal jailed, another was ready to step into their shoes.
A report to go before Tayside Police Joint Board next week shows Tayside Police made 19 arrests in connection with the supply and possession of Class A drugs in the first three months of this year.
CRIME SEIZURES TOTAL £1.7m
A report to go before the Tayside Police Joint Board reveals that cash and assets worth more than £1.7 million were seized last year from people involved in the drugs trade and other organised crime in Tayside.
Police seized assets totalling £1,568,305.92 between April 2009 and March this year, as well as £160,486.40 in 41 separate cash seizures carried out under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Tayside Police is currently involved in a pilot project which aims to increase the amount of assets that can be recovered from criminals.
The money obtained from such operations is designed to benefit community groups through the Cashback for Communities scheme.
In Dundee, this has allowed several sports clubs to build additional changing facilities.
Dundee East MSP Shona Robison said today she hoped as much of the funds as possible would continue to be ploughed back into the community via this project.
She believes this will help prevent young people becoming involved in drugs.
“Over the past few years we’ve seen an increase in the money available through the Cashback for Communities scheme,” she said.
“The idea behind this is to give young people things to do, particularly at times when they might be vulnerable to trying drugs or consuming alcohol.
“Obviously some of the money recovered by the police will have to be used to cover costs, but hopefully as large a portion as possible can be given to Cashback for Communities.”
The Evening Telegraph and Post
Posted on Wed 5th May 2010
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