Huge drugs bust in Salisbury

Huge drugs bust in Salisbury

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 12:49pm 13th July 2017. (Updated at 2:06pm 13th July 2017)

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25 people have been arrested in connection with the supply of Class A drugs like Crack Cocaine and Heroin in our city

13 people have been arrested in Salisbury today as part of a large operation targeting the supply of crack cocaine and heroin.

A number of properties across the city were targeted in the early hours of this morning(13th July).

It follows  similar raids yesterday both here and in other parts of the country including Hampshire, Nottingham and London.

In total 25 people have been arrested and so far 10 people were charged who are aged between 41 and 18.

Drugs bust in Salisbury

Of the 13 people arrested today , twelve men aged between 23 and 54, and one woman, aged 40 currently remain in custody in Swindon.

WATCH HERE TO SEE POLICE RAID A PROPERTY:

 

This is part of a larger operation which Inspector Pete Sparrow (pictured below) explained to Spire FM.

"Intelligence led operation for the last nine months or so which has all been around the supply of class A drugs into the city, mostly by what we call 'county lines' which are dangerous drug networks which come from big city areas into more rural areas where they can then try to deal their class A drugs to our vulnerable people."

Pete Sparrow and Kier Pritchard

 

Assistant Chief Constable, Kier Pritchard (pictured above), said:

"We will absolutely not tolerate out of town drug gangs coming in to Wiltshire and exploiting people - bringing high levels of violence."

Wiltshire Police say some vulnerable people living in housing association and council accommodation are deliberately targeted and lose control of their homes to the dealers/suppliers through intimidation and fear.

The dealers from out of town will then use the property as a base, this is known as 'Cuckooing'.

A drugs dog was used by officers during the raid.

WATCH BAXTER, A FOUR AND A HALF YEAR-OLD SPRINGER SPANIEL SEARCHING FOR DRUGS:

 

Here are some of the pictures from the raids this morning:

 

Drugs bust in Salisbury

Drugs bust in Salisbury

 

Police say working on intelligence and information from the community is key to tackling this sort of crime and ask that anyone who has information about the supply of drugs in their area contact them on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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