Regional police operation sends strong message the South West is #NoPlaceForDrugs

Regional police operation sends strong message the South West is #NoPlaceForDrugs

More than 100 people have been arrested and hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of drugs seized as part of the latest phase of a South West regional drugs operation.

Results included 7kg of cocaine with a street value of £700k seized from a car which had travelled from Merseyside into Gloucestershire and was brought to a stop in Gwent. The driver has been charged with possession with intent to supply and remanded in custody.

This seizure was the result of an intelligence-led operation by SWROCU and supported by all five South West police forces, Gwent Police, Tarian Regional Organised Crime Unit, and Merseyside Police.

In addition, across the South West more than £100,000 in cash and contraband was also recovered along with a variety of weapons, vehicles and other equipment used for crime.

Supt Paul Keasey of Gloucestershire Constabulary, who led the South West regional drugs operation, said: “This has been an outstanding week of action with some fantastic results which demonstrate the value of the five forces working together and sends out the strongest message possible that the South West is no place for drugs.

“Not only have we been able to recover a large quantity of drugs and disrupted gangs and individuals who deal in them, we have also taken a number of dangerous weapons off the streets, making the region a much safer place. As well as commending the officers who took part, I want to thank the public who have come forward in their numbers with the information that has made these operations possible and contributed so much to their success.

“Together with our partners we have also sought to strengthen the support and safeguarding activity to the vulnerable, as well as providing educational material to schools detailing the issues and impact of taking drugs.

“The support of the public throughout the operation has been fantastic. Many of the activities delivered were as a result of concerns raised by, or using information provided by, the public. Their support and willingness to share their concerns about illegal activities has allowed us to make the South West a hostile environment for criminals. As demonstrated during the past week, we will always act upon the information communities provide.”

Anyone with information about illegal drugs activity should report it to their local police service online or via 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

To pass on information anonymously, speak to Crimestoppers 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year on 0800 555 111 or use their non-traceable online form. Contact will always remain 100% anonymous.