A senior Renfrewshire detective says heartless drug gangs are intent on spreading misery in communities across the region.
The Express revealed this week that two major crime organisations are attempting to flood the area with illegal substances.
Detective Chief Inspector Dougie Falconer, who is tasked with disrupting their activity, is determined to bring the key players to justice.
He said: “Although the dynamic changes regularly as a result of police action, there are two prominent serious and organised crime groups operating in the Renfrewshire area who will try to take a grip of our communities through their illegal activities.
“This is done primarily through the sale and supply of controlled drugs.
“Unfortunately Renfrewshire has been affected by this illicit trade which impacts on us all, whether through an increase in anti-social behaviour, crimes of dishonesty, and of course the deaths caused by these substances which impacts on families directly or indirectly.
“They have no respect or compassion for communities they blight.”
According to figures provided to Renfrewshire Council as part of a Police Scotland update, 16 drug related deaths were recorded between April and June this year.
It’s a figure Detective Chief Inspector Falconer admits is far too high, as he vowed to take the gangs
He added: “In Renfrewshire, Police Scotland, working alongside numerous partner agencies, are tackling the abhorrent drug trade and will endeavour to use every possible avenue to disrupt and deter these individual groups from gaining wealth through the threat and harm to others.
“I firmly believe that within the Renfrewshire area the public are with us in taking ownership to eradicate this criminality to improve their safety and well-being.
“I would appeal to anyone with any information that could assist us to please contact police on 101 or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
“We will act robustly to bring them tojustice.”
It emerged earlier this week that police have identified two major organised crime gangs who are now being “managed” by officers in the region.