SNP step up action on drug dealers
The SNP Scottish Government is investing £4 million to step up the fight against drugs and organised crime in Scotland.
The money, which will be invested in the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency follows new figures showing Scotland's police seized nearly two tonnes of illegal drugs last year worth an estimated £47 million.
Welcoming the seizures SNP Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said;
The Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency is right on the frontline in the fight against serious organised crime. That is why this Government is committed to providing the Agency with the resources to take on these gangsters who bring misery to our communities. The seizure of more than a tonne of Class A drugs shows that they are taking strong enforcement action against those criminals who are peddling the drugs which bring most harm to our citizens.
“We are committed to spending £4 million in the next two years boosting the capacity and capability of the SCDEA. The recruitment of 80 extra staff, many with specialist expertise, will help us take on the evolving and diversifying threat from serious organised crime.
SNP MSP and Justice Committee member Stewart Maxwell gave his support to police efforts:
Today’s figures show the agency is doing an excellent job in keeping drugs out of our communities and off our streets.
“The Scottish Government’s extra investment of £4 million to support the agency to bring in more specialist staff to track the drug trade and the money being made in it shows the SNP’s determination to crack down on Scotland’s crooks and dealers and to make our communities safer.
“On top of that seizing £13 million of assets from criminals that can now be invested in our young people’s futures makes a real difference in preventing young people getting involved with drugs and crime in the first place.
“With more police on our streets and more money going into specialist agencies like the SCDEA the SNP is taking real action to make Scotland safer.”