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Top officers quit elite unit.

Byline: STEPHEN RAFFERTY

THE Government's flagship drug agency is in turmoil after claims that three top officers asked to leave because of alleged mis-management.

The requests are the first at the elite Scottish Drug Enforcement Agency, which targets major drug dealers and organised crime.

The officers, who have a combined CID service of nearly 60 years, are said to blame a lack of direction by bosses for their decision to give up their sought-after posts.

The officers involved, all Lothian and Borders detectives, have risked being posted to uniformed jobs.

One source, who asked not to be named, said: "It is unheard of for SDEA officers to ask back to the ranks and it signals unrest."

Last night agency director Jim Orr said: "Morale within the SDEA branch office in Edinburgh is high."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 3, 2001
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