Posted on 22nd November 2016
Police have been visiting pubs and clubs in Chesterfield, Alfreton, Ripley and Heanor with a police dog to check for illegal drug use.
Passive drugs dog Duke and his handler from South Yorkshire Police joined police officers from Derbyshire Constabulary during the operation on Saturday, November 19.
The team, which included officers from the North Division Licensing Team, local Safer Neighbourhood and response officers visited a total of 11 premises, which included five in Ripley, three in Chesterfield, two in Heanor and one in Alfreton.
Eighteen people were searched during the evening under the Misuse of Drugs Act, and two men were arrested in Chesterfield on suspicion of possession of drugs.
The men, who were aged 22 and 27 years old and from the Bakewell area, were arrested at a bar on Corporation Street and are currently on bail pending further enquiries.
Sergeant Nick Booth said “This hopefully sends out a message to those who decide to take or supply controlled drugs in the night time economy that it will not be tolerated by police in Derbyshire, and we will proactively identify and prosecute anyone who flaunts the law.
“There are the obvious health concerns related to drug use but also there are proven links to violent crime when taken in conjunction with alcohol. Operations such as this are carried out as part of our commitment to keeping our local pubs safe and enjoyable for everyone, reducing harm in the night time economy and targeting violent crime.”
Anyone with information about drugs or suspicious activity should contact Derbyshire police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.