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Drug Dealers (Glasgow)

Volume 86: debated on Wednesday 13 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will call for a report from the chief constable of Strathclyde as to the steps being taken by the police to curb the activities of drug dealers in Glasgow.

No. Strathclyde police have responded vigorously to the upsurge in drug misuse and trafficking. Last year its drug squad was increased in strength from 19 to 30 officers, with the main thrust of force policy directed towards the detection of dealers. In 1984, 389 persons were charged with drug trafficking offences and I understand that this year, in the period up to 30 September, a further 288 persons have been charged with such offences.