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Day of action leads to drug supply arrests – Bristol

A machete was seized and a number of suspected drug offences identified during a targeted day of action in Bristol last week.

Arrests were made on Friday 16 April during the operation that involved officers from the neighbourhood team, as well as the Operational Support Unit and Operation Remedy teams.

Action taken by officers included:

  • Observing two men enter an underpass on bikes in the Lawrence Hill area as part of a suspected drug deal. Officers searched the pair and discovered a quantity of suspected class A drugs. An 18-year-old was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a class A drug and a second man of the same age was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a class A drug. A stolen bike was also recovered, while knuckle-dusters and a machete were seized from the first man’s address when a warrant was carried out. Both men have been released under investigation.
  • A 15-year-old was seen by officers acting suspiciously around Easton. During a search he was found to be in a possession of a class B substance and will be dealt with through the Youth Alcohol and Drug Diversion Scheme.
  • Officers found a hired van being driven by an uninsured motorist. The vehicle was seized and enquiries continue.

Acting Sergeant Jo Sibson said: “Drug offences can often lead to, or be linked to, other crimes and cause misery in local communities.

“With that in mind, we urge anyone who suspects drug activity is ongoing in their neighbourhood to contact the police.

“We will investigate those reports and each piece of intelligence we receive helps us to build up a picture of what is going on and will be fed into our high-visibility patrol plans and targeted days of action, such as the one carried out last week.”