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Arrests made during police drugs offences crackdown in Ashbourne area

Posted on 13th March 2013

Two men were arrested on suspicion of drugs offences during a week-long campaign in Ashbourne.

Operation Ashton Gate saw officers carrying out stop-searches and licensed premises visits in the local area.

The campaign, which ran from Monday, March 4 to Friday 8, was based on information gathered by police and aimed at stamping out any drugs activity in the community.

It culminated with officers and a specially trained passive drugs detection dog visiting pubs on the Friday night and speaking to the community about the dangers of drug abuse, production and dealing.

Sergeant Denis Murphy, who helped run the operation, said: “Ashbourne doesn’t have a strong profile for possession and use of controlled drugs and it is a safe place to live, work and visit.

“However, we need to react when intelligence suggests there may be issues, particularly when it’s something like drugs, which can affect families and communities and lead to other acquisitive crime such as burglaries.

“I was delighted that we were so well-received by the people of Ashbourne, with the overwhelming majority of people supporting what we were doing.

“The operation was aimed at protecting the community and showing that Derbyshire Constabulary has a zero-tolerance when it comes to drugs-related offences.”

On the Monday, a man aged 18 was arrested on suspicion of possessing a class B drug and has been bailed pending further inquiries.

A 27-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday, March 5 on the same charge after the van he was driving was stopped by officers as part of the operation.

Friday night’s event included Safer Neighbourhood officers teaming up with uniform task force and plain clothes police to carry out searches in five Ashbourne pubs.

During that part of the operation, nine people were searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act and two were found to be in possession of a small amount of suspected cannabis.

Sgt Murphy added: “The fact that we visited certain Ashbourne pubs doesn’t suggest that any of these premises have come to our attention as having a particular problem.

“It was to reassure the community that we recognise the issues connected with drugs and will deal with all offenders appropriately.”

Do you have any information about drugs-related crime or any other crime in your neighbourhood?

If so, call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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