|Posted on March 19, 2011 at 3:05 PM|
Mar 19 2011 by Lynn Jolly, Paisley Daily Express
DANGEROUS drug dealers were targeted by cops yesterday as a dramatic series of raids took place across Paisley.
Throughout the day, officers wearing riot gear swooped on a number of homes in the Glenburn, Foxbar and Ferguslie Park areas in a bid to keep lethal drugs out of our communities.
As part of Operation Rose, cops from Paisley teamed up with members of Strathclyde Police’s Support Unit, plain-clothes detectives and uniformed officers to target suspected dealers.
A Strathclyde Police spokeswoman confirmed yesterday that four people had been detained for questioning in connection with alleged drugs offences. They are a 17-year-old girl, two youths aged 16 and 18, and a 48-year-old man.
Senior officers who are based in Paisley said the raids will have a major impact on the town’s drugs trade.
Superintendent Jim Baird told the Paisley Daily Express: “We are targeting drug dealers and organised crime groups and we are removing drugs and dealers from the streets.
“Drugs have a corrosive effect on society. It’s not just about the damage that drugs do to people’s health – there are also problems caused by drug users funding their habit through crime. There is also a cost to families and to wider society.
“Taking out drugs takes out a pyramid of criminality.”
The Express joined teams of cops yesterday morning as they raided a flat in Grampian Avenue, Glenburn; a semi-detached house in Lochard Drive, Foxbar; and a house in Dalskeith Avenue, Ferguslie Park.
A suspected dealer who was targeted in Grampian Avenue lives just a stone’s throw from Bushes Primary School.
Officers wearing protective gear used battering rams to gain access to the properties and colleagues then made their way inside to question suspects and carry out a thorough search.
Handlers from the Dog Branch of Strathclyde Police were sent to Lochard Drive because the suspect living there had a potentially-dangerous dog at home.
One of the handlers was armed with an animal control shield, which can zap out a 50,000-volt shock – similar to a Taser blast – to fend off ferocious dogs.
Operation Rose is being staged to boost public reassurance and to ensure the public’s personal safety.
As well as the drug raids, other pieces of the Operation Rose jigsaw involved 100 extra officers being in and around Paisley last night.
They were using mobile metal detectors to check if people coming into the town centre were carrying blades or metal weapons of any type.
Traffic officers also teamed up with the British Transport Police to target drivers who had no tax or insurance, were carrying excessively heavy weights, had bald tyres or were transporting valuable metals – possibly stolen – around Renfrewshire.
A team from the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) inspected vehicles to make sure they were roadworthy.
And experts from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) joined the operation to help track down drivers who were illegally transporting metals, such as copper and lead, without the correct licence.
The British Transport Police were involved as valuable metals are often stolen from railway tracks.
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