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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    SCOTLAND - Terrorists are targeting Scotland with drugs shipments to fund their war on the West, a former senior police officer has claimed. But they will find it hard to do business as they are tracked by the new Scottish Crime Campus. (SCC). Graeme Pearson, now an MSP and Scottish Labour’s justice spokesman, believes major gangs in Europe have direct links to extremists and insurgents, with most heroin on sale in Scotland grown in the Middle East.

    Mr Pearson turned to politics after resigning as director general of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency. He is also a former Assistant Chief Constable with the now-defunct Strathclyde Police. He said: “From a terrorist viewpoint, if you want to undermine the West, the key way to do it would be through drugs. When you look at where the markets originate, in places like Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, it is little wonder there is now growing concern about the terrorist background to some of the drug dealing we now face. It is a big profit to begin with and terrorists need money. Equally, they are undermining the very thing we care about most, our young people. From their point of view, it is a win-win. They have a network throughout Europe and I do not think it is a mistake to acknowledge that some of the major drug dealers come from a terrorist background.”

    Mr Pearson is convinced specialist officers at the new Scottish Crime Campus (SCC), at Gartcosh, Lanarkshire, will help to tackle terrorists who send drugs to Scotland as a way of funding their groups. He said: “The presence of Gartcosh should help the strategic oversight, because there are more agencies working together on the one site, sharing intelligence. We should be able to see a better understanding of the trans-national linkages. Certainly, high-value seizures have a big impact on the business, but it is not about hammering the individual drug users and trying to criminalise them. It is about those who supply and those at the high end of the market who make profit out of it. That is where the strategic pressure should be.”

    The SCC is led by Detective Chief Superintendent John Cuddihy, the head of organised crime and counter-terrorism at Police Scotland. He said: “The unit reflects the synergies between both worlds and there is continual read across in terms of those who engage in serious and organised crime and terrorism. If it is the case that the commodity is being used to generate funds for terrorist-related activity, we have a confidence that such intelligence will be shared between law enforcement agencies. They will work together to reduce that threat and harm in our communities and bring those responsible to justice, whether organised criminals or terrorists.”




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    Beenthere2Hippie
    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.

Comments

  1. Alien Sex Fiend
    Thats an old fashioned view you should expect from an old guy such as this one. Blind patriotism.

    Facts: These markets existed in those locations since pharaohs. Opium is abused by 70% of farmers living in Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan. Terrorist organizations try to stop farmers from abusing opium. Terrorists are fanatics who need money and they don't care where dirty money comes from. There is not much a terrorist organization in war zone can profit from. Especially such as fanatically religious cult that forbids its members any usual illegal activity. All they can do is rely on ancient heroin trade and thieving from local military to promote their insanity. They didn't invent anything new. They don't poison the west. they are hiding from the west.

    There is really no West vs East vs Far East vs Bear Russia. its not a wrestling match night. there is only greed, religious fanatics and fanatical patriots
  2. Beenthere2Hippie
    Very interesting points, Fiend. But can I ask where you got this statistic from? I've never heard such a thing and can't help but thinking that it cannot be be possible because: A) farmers in that part of the world are Muslim and using drugs is against their religion,j and they take their religion very seriously B) if 70% (7 out of 10) farmers were that whacked on a Class-A drugs on a daily basis (using to the abuse level, as you say), how is such abundant level of drugs getting harvested in the country? C) why haven't 7 out of 10 farmers been beheaded for it? (as the Islamic sentence for drug users). Curious...

  3. chupamivergaguey
    Yeah, the old "from their perspective" routine is always a projection. Funny thing in the same vein -- God happens to hate all the same people that Westboro Baptist Church hates.
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