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Operation Nemesis – 7 arrested as pressure kept on drug dealers

March 13, 2013, 8:19 am

Staffordshire Police stepped up their continued pressure on drug dealers when they arrested seven people during another major operation in Burton today (Wed 13 March).

The six men, aged 23 to 45, and a 43-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of supplying Class A or Class B drugs and taken to custody for interview.

The early morning raids are part of Operation Nemesis – the forces ongoing drive to tackle drug dealers and bring them to justice.

Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, Local Policing Team Commander for East Staffordshire, said: “We made a clear commitment to our communities that we will continue to rid the streets of major drug dealers. This is the third large-scale operation so far this year but our fight against these criminals is ongoing.

“The information we have received from the public has been imperative to the success of these operations. We have acted on this information and drug dealers have been taken off the streets.

“Not only have we disrupted supply of drugs in Burton by arresting suspected drug dealers we continue to run operations to stop other drug dealers moving into the area to fill the gap. This has seen us carry out 15 drug warrants on top of the two major operations in January and February.”

As a direct result of the raids in January and February, 31 suspected dealers appeared before Burton Magistrates and 22 were remanded in custody. 

Another part of Operation Nemesis is encouraging people addicted to drugs and alcohol to seek help and make positive changes to live a healthy and crime-free life.

“We are aware that many drug addicts in Burton have since sought help from organisations who offer support and rehabilitation to beat their habit which has to be very good news. With the supply of drugs drying up in the area addicts are also seeking medical help from their GPs who have prescribed more methadone – a treatment to help those addicted to some type of drugs to wean themselves off – in the last few months,” added Ch Insp Maskrey.

“We will continue to take a tough stance on criminals involved in drugs and related

anti-social behaviour. Our communities need and should feel safe and we will do our utmost to protect you and your families.”

Anyone with information about drug dealing can call police on 101 or through the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 111 555, or go on line at The Crimestoppers Trust in the only registered and independent charity helping to solve crimes – it is not part of the police service.

Contact Crimestoppers anonymously with information about crime

101 – The police non-emergency number

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