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Nine arrests in one week in on-going drugs operation in south Bristol

Added on 13 November 2017 at 14:08

Our work to reduce the harm caused by drugs in the communities of south Bristol continues.

Last week, officers arrested a total of nine people in Hartcliffe, Withywood and Windmill Hill, as part of an on-going operation which targets drug dealers whose actions bring misery to local communities. All of those arrested last week have now been released under investigation, except for one man who went before the court for an outstanding warrant.

On Monday, November 6, officers in Ashland Road arrested a 16-year-old boy from Hartcliffe on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, after he was found with 24 wraps of suspected class A drugs on him.

Cash seized from Vigor Rd
Cash seized from Vigor Rd

On the same day, we arrested an 18-year-old man from Montpelier at an address in Withywood on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B drugs, after he was found with a number of wraps of suspected SPICE.

On Wednesday, November 8, we arrested a 20-year-old man of no fixed address, on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, after he ran from a house we were searching in Withywood, and was found a short while later on Bearbridge Road.

Later that day, officers went to an address on Somerset Terrace in Windmill Hill to speak to two men about a number of theft offences. Whilst there, they discovered suspected class A drugs, as well as scales, cash and phones. Two men aged 28 and 57 were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, as well as for the theft offences. The younger man has been released under investigation and the older man went before the courts, as he was wanted under warrant issued Bristol Magistrates Court for failing to attend. He has now been dealt with and we are working with our partners at Bristol City Council to deal with the problems at this property.

Hartcliffe Beat Manager PC Richard Jeffery said: “These latest arrests show that drugs supply continues to be a problem for the communities of south Bristol and that we are determined to reduce the harm this causes.

“Our on-going work has seen some of the established drugs runners being sent to prison, which means younger and more vulnerable people are now being exploited, in order to keep the supply chain going.” PC Richard Jeffery

Finally, on Saturday morning (November 11), we carried out a drugs warrant at a property on Vigor Road in Hartcliffe, where we found a cannabis grow, a significant amount of suspected class A drugs and thousands of pounds in cash. A 28-year-old man from Hartcliffe, 32-year-old man from Ashton and 28-year-old man from Bishopsworth, along with a 43-year-old woman from Hartcliffe were all arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and have since been released under investigation. 

PC Jeffery added: “We need the support of local people, who act as our eyes and ears on the ground. If you suspect drug-dealing is happening near to where you live, please report this, so that we can take action. If you don’t want to talk to the police, you can always speak to Crimestoppers anonymously. They never ask for your name or trace your call and offer up to £1000 reward for information which leads to an arrest and charge.”

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