The latest phase in Police Scotland’s war on drugs got underway in Arbroath yesterday (Thursday).
As we went to print yesterday morning police officers at the Gravesend police station in Arbroath were briefing the press on Operation Bellewood.
This drugs enforcement operation is just one of several ‘swoops’ carried out by Police Scotland in Arbroath in recent months.
In October last year Operation Shrug descended on dealers and supsected drug dens in Arbroath, Angus and Dundee, with around £200,000 of heroin seized by officers in a coordinated series of raids.
Then in February this year, Operation Trillium was executed in Arbroath and saw 60 officers target a number of addresses in the town’s Noran Avenue and Strathairlie Avenue.
A number of persons have been convicted as a result of these raids which have according to police helped to disrupt the supply of drugs in Arbroath.
Speaking exlusively to the Arbroath Herald in an interview recently, Chief Inspector Gordon Milne, local area commander for Angus commented on the previous raids: “I think we’ve been successful to the point of taking out some significant individuals, I think we’ve been successful in building up trust with the community that was not there before and been successful in the point that we have seen a lessening of the levels of harm that’s been caused.
“When dealing with guys like that it would be nice to get them in possession of drugs or money but really what I want to do is make it so horrible for them to do their crimes that either they stop or move on somewhere else.”
A number of warrants have been issued for Arbroath, Forfar and Kirriemuir
These were three co-ordinated raids, carried out by 30 officers mostly from the community policing section, with assistance from CID and support units.
Inspector Hamish Gray said: “This next phase is to target these people who have stepped in to fill the void left by the convictions of these previous dealers.
“To the dealers who think it is acceptable to deal drugs, it will not be tolerated, and it died not have a place in decent communities.”