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Operation Moped update – three sentenced for drug offences

October 20, 2014, 12:22 pm

More people have been sentenced for drug offences following one of the biggest operations in the county in recent years. Dorset Police pro-actively targeted street level drug dealers in the Boscombe area of Bournemouth where there was a suspicion that drugs offences were being committed.

So far 17 defendants from this operation have pleaded guilty and have been sentenced to a total of over 33 years for street level dealing, which includes two suspended sentences.

The following sentences were given at Bournemouth Crown Court:

On Friday 10 October 2014 Neil McKechnie, aged 43 and of Bournemouth, was handed a four year prison sentence for supplying heroin.

On Thursday 16 October 2014 Christopher Bell, aged 37 and from Bournemouth, received a 16 month prison sentence, suspended for two years, for supplying heroin.

On Friday 17 October 2014 Gary Dunleavy, aged 47 and of Bournemouth, received a two year prison sentence, suspended for two years, with a 12 months supervision order and a six months drug rehabilitation requirement.

Chris Weeks, Dorset Police Regeneration Inspector for Boscombe, said: “Crime and disorder is at a five year low, however, our communities tell us that on-street drug dealing and anti-social behaviour is a real day to day concern.

“We listened to the concerns of the community. Dorset Police investigated the community information provided and one of the results is the high number of arrests achieved through Operation Moped. The operation had a clear focus on on-street drug dealing. The individuals arrested for drug related crimes are being placed before the courts from today and over the coming weeks.

“We will not stop here. As part of our ongoing police work, day to day patrols will continue to listen to communities and will continue to keep the pressure on individuals involved in the drug trade.

“We are still keen to hear from anyone with concerns or information about such activities. Anyone with information should contact Dorset Police on 101 in confidence.

“The message to anyone involved in on-street drug dealing remains – if you are drug dealing, it will not be tolerated and you will be arrested.”

Bournemouth Council Cabinet member for Partnerships and Regeneration, Cllr Jane Kelly, who represents Boscombe West, said: “We are very grateful for the effort the police have made in targeting these individuals and their success in bringing them to justice. We must continue to support the police to ensure we have more successful operations like this in the future.”

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