South Scotland

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill makes final force visit

Kenny MacAskill
Image caption Mr MacAskill is visiting Scotland's police forces ahead of amalgamation

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has made a final visit to Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary before the launch of a single Scottish force.

He met Chief Constable Patrick Shearer and heard from officers involved in a major drugs operation.

It was part of a series of of visits ahead of the creation of the new national force on 1 April.

Mr MacAskill heard first hand from officers who worked on Operation Dulcet throughout the region.

It was launched at the beginning of February - targeting homes in Dumfries and Stranraer.

Police said that 48 people had been charged with various drugs offences as a result of the operation.

They added that drugs with a street value of about £61,000 and some £8,000 in cash had also been seized.

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