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18 arrests as police target dealers' homes in ongoing war on drugs
POLICE have been raiding the homes of dealers in Bournemouth as part of their ongoing war on drugs.
Officers have executed 11 warrants in the last two weeks in central Boscombe and arrested 18 people.
The intelligence-led operations have led to a large amount of Class A drugs seized including crack cocaine and heroin.
The raids have been carried out as part of Dorset Police ’s Operation Dismantle – the ongoing war against those believed to be involved in the supply and distribution of Class A drugs.
Officers have also closed down a “substantial” cannabis factory, recovered stolen property from a recent burglary and seized more than £10,000 from the hands of criminals.
A crack house closure is also being sought in relation to a property that has been highlighted by the community.
East Bournemouth Neighbourhood Chief Inspector Chris Weeks said: “I want to send out a clear message to those who sell and use Class A drugs within Boscombe that Dorset Police will not tolerate drug activity.”
He said Operation Crackdown, the local branch of the county-wide drugs operation, has led to the execution of 71 misuse of drugs warrants and has seen 81 people arrested and 11 charged since it was set up a year ago.
Chief Insp Weeks added: “We would like to thank those members of the public whose community spirit has led to the recovery of suspected Class A and B drugs as well as stolen property.
“We will continue to take positive action when we receive community intelligence.
“I would like to warn those who still think that they can act with impunity that the police could be at their door next.
“The message to the wider community is simple – if you tell us we will take action.”
Anyone who has information about suspected drug dealers should call Dorset Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
Detectives investigating the murder of Reece James Menzies are renewing their appeal for information about a vehicle seen in Roumelia Lane, Boscombe, on two separate occasions around the time of
It is believed to be a large saloon car – possibly a Renault Laguna – and was seen just before and just after the incident between approximately 2am and 2.30am on July 25.
Detective Chief Inspector Kevin Connolly said: “The timing of these sightings is clearly significant and I need to either implicate or eliminate this vehicle from our investigation.
Officers are also renewing their appeal for any friends or acquaintances of the victim to come forward.