Drug seizure statistics make for worrying reading say police

IN the last two years an alarming 25.1 kg of heroin and 18.3 kg of cocaine has been seized by Lothian and Borders Police according to statitics released by the Scottish Government earlier this week.

It’s the first time since 2008 that statistics on drug seizures throughout Scotlnd have been made public and mirroring the trend nationwide, heroin was the most detected class A substance, being seized 684 times by officers in the Force area whilst cocaine was detected 347 times.

However, the substance which topped the table of seizures was cannabis with 1,218 reported detections in 2010-11, 113.5kg of herbal cannabis seized alone.

Class B substances made up 62 per cent of all seizures in the Lothian and Borders Police area, class A 26.1 per cent and class C- encompassing the likes of diazepam and temazepam- 11.7 per cent.

There were a total of 27,319 drug seizures by Scottish police forces in 2010/11, almost a quarter of which involved a Class A drug.

A multi-agency approach to cracking down on drug dealing is set out in the Serious Organised Crime Strategy, launched in 2010.

Addressing the worrying figures, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said that taking dealers and drugs off the streets remained an important priority.

He commented: “Drug dealing is a serious and sophisticated criminal enterprise that damages our communities and hurts our country in terms of public safety, the economy, and jobs.

“Combating serious organised crime – including disrupting the supply of drugs in Scotland – and tackling organised crime groups is a top priority for the Scottish Government, police and law enforcement organisations, as set out in our Serious Organised Crime Strategy.

“These figures today show that police are taking a tough approach and hitting dealers where it hurts. I congratulate every officer involved in helping to get these drugs off our streets and encourage them to continue their good work in our communities.

“It underlines that there is no place for drug dealing in today’s society.”