Angus South MSP Graeme Dey has praised the efforts of Police Scotland in cracking down on drugs in Angus.
His comments follow recent drug raids in the county as part of Operation Trillium as well as the publication of the Scottish Government’s latest statistical bulletin on crime and justice.
The detailed document reveals that between 2012 and 2013, 28,968 drug seizures were made across the country, a decrease of three per cent from 2011/12.
Substantial increases were recorded, however, in the quantities seized for certain drugs such as cocaine, which has almost trebled in the past year.
Mr Dey said: “I commend the officers of Police Scotland whose sterling efforts have made our communities safer places to live and work in.
“Police are taking an intelligence-led approach towards these criminals and I am pleased that this strategy is working.
“Of course there is always more that can be done and the Scottish Government is working in partnership with law enforcement agencies to continue to disrupt the supply of illegal drugs as well as educate young people on the dangers of using drugs.
“Happily we are clearly making inroads on that front with drug taking among the general adult population falling since 2006 and drug use among young people at its lowest levels since 2002.
“Progress is being made but we must continue to fight the scourge of drugs.”