Dealers â€œtoo scared to deal” during Wolverhampton policing operation
November 11, 2014, 6:01 pm
“We were looking to score all day but were unable to do so as the dealers were too scared to deal due to the police activity.”
These are the words of a Whitmore-Reans drug user made during a month long policing operation aimed at tackling criminality in the Wolverhampton suburb.
Overheard by officers, the comments show how a determined and proactive approach by officers in the area saw them triumph over drug dealers and the associated crime they inflict on the community.
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The operation was launched after residents − fed up with dealers and an influx of drug users discarding needles in public areas − asked the police to take action.
In a series of strike days, officers from the local neighbourhood policing team – supported by other Wolverhampton police teams as well as the dogs and traffic units – arrested 12 people, seized large quantities of Class A drugs, recovered hundreds of thousands of pounds in cash and took three vehicles suspected of transporting drugs off the roads.
- Officers stopped an Audi on Bridgnorth Road on 8 November at 1.20pm. A quantity of class A drugs were found in vehicle and the driver was arrested. Two addresses were subsequently searched and more than £150,000 in cash was found. The man, Nathan Campbell, aged 24, of Marsh Lane was charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply (cocaine and heroin), two counts of assaulting two officers during arrest, possession of a bladed article and acquiring criminal property. He appeared before Wolverhampton Magistrates Court yesterday (10 November) where he was remanded into custody.
- A 43-year-old man was stopped in an Astra on Chester Street at 10.30am on 29 October and three bags of Class A drugs were recovered from the car. The driver was arrested on suspicion of drug possession and was later released on police bail while inquiries continue.
- On 23 October at 5.40pm a Volkswagen Golf was stopped in Clarendon Street for having no insurance. The car was seized and the driver was taken to a police station. Multiple wraps of crack-cocaine were then found in the police van and the 38-year-old was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. He has since been released on police bail while inquiries continue.
Sergeant Kevin Whitehouse who led the police activity said: “Were pleased the operation, which provided a raised level of policing within the community to make the area uncomfortable and unattractive for both drug users and dealers, was able to achieve its intended aim.
“However, we are not complacent and this operation forms part of our long-term plan to tackle drug-related criminality in the area. We will be carrying out further strike days and we are asking local landlords to support us by evicting those convicted.
“There is a strong, vibrant and diverse community in Whitmore-Reans who do not want drugs in their area and with their support, we work toward achieving this and make the community a safer and better place to live.”
If you suspect drug dealing in your area, you can call police in confidence on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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