Serious Organised Crime Agency and Scottish Drugs Enforcement Agency:


The Scottish Drug Enforcement Agency (SDEA) was established on 1 April 2001, becoming the SCDEA in 2006 and was incorporated into Police Scotland on 1 April 2013. The Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006 put the SDEA on a statutory footing and renamed it as the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, funded through the Scottish Police Services Authority.

Th SDEA had no statutory footing between 1 April 2001 and 2006. I know something interesting about them.

In my lawyers office at Pattison and Sims in Paisley, 24 hours before the first director of the SDEA was appointed in a blaze of publicity in Scotland, I was told by a Chief Inspector Newlands of the Strathclyde Police and Complaints and Discipline Department that a piece of forensic evidence had gone awol. This was proof that someone who would soon be jailed for sending me a death threat…

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