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Return sought for dealers' cash
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A call has been made for drug money to come back to the region
A call has been made for drug-hit communities in Dumfries and Galloway to receive a greater share of the cash seized from local dealers.

Dumfries councillor Ronnie Nicholson said the Scottish Executive should re-examine the way proceeds of crime funds are distributed.

His call has been backed by Chief Constable David Strang.

The executive has indicated that it will consider returning money that has been seized in the region.

Mr Nicholson, who represents Lochside, said funds recovered locally should stay in the area.

The money that drug dealers take has come from people's wage packets, from their benefits and it is a loss to the economy here in Dumfries and Galloway
Chief Constable David Strang

"What I am asking for is some of these proceeds to be put back into the communities where the crime is actually taking place," he said.

"I think there was over 1m or something like that taken out of Dumfries under proceeds of crime and only 10,000 came back in."

Executive reply

The action has been supported by Mr Strang who has written to the Scottish Executive about the situation.

"I think that money should come back into the local community," he said.

"The money that drug dealers take has come from people's wage packets, from their benefits and it is a loss to the economy here in Dumfries and Galloway."

Mr Strang said he had received a reply from Deputy Justice Minister Hugh Henry saying the executive would consider returning the cash seized.




SEE ALSO
New powers to seize criminal cash
31 Jul 06 |  Scotland
Share of criminals' cash sought
09 May 06 |  South of Scotland
Communities promised seized cash
14 Mar 06 |  Scotland
Crime cash given to communities
19 Feb 06 |  Scotland
Law hitting criminals 'in pocket'
13 Oct 04 |  Scotland

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