In the last three months, officers seized in the region of £25 million worth of controlled drugs, including heroin, cannabis as well as millions of pounds of laundered cash and arrested almost 80 people.
The Police Scotland commitment to disrupting serious organised crime is underlined by figures presented to the Scottish Police Authority today (Wednesday 27 November 2019).
Deputy Chief Constable Fiona Taylor said:
“Tackling serious organised crime remains one of our key priorities. I am encouraged to report that the figures show that we are continuing to make progress and have an impact on those involved.
“By working with a wide range of partners, such as colleagues in the Serious Organised Crime Taskforce, we are absolutely committed to keeping our communities safe by disrupting the activities of these groups.
“We can’t do this on our own. We need the help of the public to continue to diminish the activities and identify the vulnerabilities of these groups.
"Operation Shoreditch targeted an international crime group, based in the West of Scotland, alleged to have been involved in laundering millions of pounds of cash. Three and a half tonnes of drugs, believed to be cannabis, worth in the region of £20 million were also recovered. Eleven men have been arrested and charged in connection with these activities and reported to the Procurator Fiscal.
"Over 20 people from across Glasgow and Lanarkshire were arrested and charged after heroin with a street value of almost £1.5 million was recovered as part of Operation Demolish.
"In Glasgow, Operation Track, targeted organised criminals and resulted in 46 people being arrested. The officers also seized £280,000 of cash and drugs including heroin, cocaine and cannabis.
"The latest management information also shows that 43 Serious Crime Prevention Orders have been granted, 12 Serious Organised Crime Groups have been disrupted and in July, four individuals from Glasgow were sentenced to a total of 32 years in prison after being found guilty of being involved in serious organised crime."
DCC Taylor concluded:
“Our serious and organised crime strategy, the Scottish Crime Campus and our officers working with partners in communities engaged in diverting and deterring people away from criminality are all integral to our continued success.”