A police boss has revealed the force is looking to crack down on organised crime groups who could be flooding the city with drugs.
As part of Tayside Division’s Operation Slate, the force seized more than £128,000 of drugs — including heroin, cocaine and diazepam — and £47,000 in cash, which could be linked to organised crime.
Detective Inspector Paul Riley sat down with the Tele in an exclusive interview to talk through their recent successes.
A total of 26 people have been charged in relation to the activity and DI Riley promised Police Scotland would not stop here.
He said: “The message is very simple. There will be no let-up and drug dealers have to understand that.
“If the public see drug activity, then they can have full confidence in the police to tackle it, and all information is treated sensitively.”
The recent raids were as a result of careful intelligence gathering by Police Scotland and involved local and specialist officers, as well as staff from the Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism Unit, the Dog Branch, CID and Proactive CID.
DI Riley said: “Operation Slate is an on-going thing. It is our response to drug dealing and drug taking and the threat of harm to the community in Tayside.
“We will always be gathering intelligence or preparing for enforcement and the last month was obviously concentrating on the enforcement side of things. This time around we recovered a large amount of cannabis and the usual cocaine and heroin, as well as amphetamine, prescription drugs and diazepam.”
While the force was unable to comment on the specific details of the individuals charged during last month’s blitz on alleged drug dealers, DI Riley said that there was a possibility of links to organised gangs. Some could even be from outside Scotland.
He said: “One of the primary concerns of the public is the harm caused by drug dealers and this sort of crime is linked to other criminality, as we all know.
“Someone has to bring the substances in for the local drug dealers.
“So, we are looking to carry out enforcement on organised crime groups that traffic drugs into Dundee and the local dealers.
“However, they have to come from one supplier somewhere at the top of the chain.
“I couldn’t comment on the specifics here but we have worked with intelligence from police outside of Scotland before.”
One of the main things DI Riley wished to celebrate following the month’s-worth of action was the number of people they had charged with drug offences.
He said that while seizing substances plays a large role in their work, taking the dealers off the street in the first place could be of more importance.
He added: “The amount of drugs we have taken off the street has been good and no matter how high or low the amount is, it is always good to do so.
“However, the number of people reported is very important too. To take 20-odd people off the street is equally as good, if not more beneficial to the community.”
DI Riley urged the public to keep providing them with information on suspicious activity so they can continue to tackle alleged drug dealers.
He said: “It is vitally important that we continue to listen to the communities we serve and gather intelligence from the public. The information provided enables us to bring such operations to a successful conclusion and reduce the harm that drugs cause once in our community.
“Police Scotland will continue positive action to ensure that drugs are taken off our streets.
“If you have information about drug dealing or concerns, I encourage you to contact us on 101, or anonymously via Crimestoppers.”