Posted on 19th December 2013
Police have arrested 39 people as part of an operation to tackle the supply of drugs in Chesterfield town centre.
Following a two month operation carried out by specially trained officers in pubs and clubs in Chesterfield, the strike week was planned to arrest those suspected of being involved in the supply of cocaine and mephedrone (also known as M-Cat).
Four teams of officers carried out warrants at the houses of suspected drug dealers across Chesterfield between December 12 and 18.
A total of 39 people have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences as part of the action, named Operation Padma.
Of those arrested 28 people, aged between 18 and 30-years-old, have been charged with offences including supplying Class A and Class B drugs and possession with intent to supply Class A and Class B drugs.
Police also seized significant amounts of suspected cocaine and mephedrone during the warrants as well as cash and cars that are suspected of being used in crime.
As part of the operation, two pubs in the town centre where police believe drugs were being sold have also had their licenses suspended.
On Tuesday, December 17 Chesterfield Borough Council’s licensing department decided to suspend the two pubs’ licences.
One of the premises has appealed the decision and a further hearing will be held tomorrow (Friday, December 20).
Detective Inspector John Roddis, who led the operation, said: The main objective of the operation was to minimise harm to the public and prevent the sale of drugs in our towns. I believe we have achieved that aim.
“This is just the first phase of an ongoing fight against the supply of drugs in our town centres. We will be looking to target those involved higher up in the chain of drugs supply who are profiting from their criminality.
“I would like to thank the officers who have worked tirelessly on this operation as well as our partners in the CPS, local council and health service. We could not have achieved these results without their help.”
“We have a number of vigilant and responsible licensees and bar staff and we will continue to work closely with them.”
More than 100 officers have worked on the operation at various stages including planning, carrying out warrants and interviewing suspects.
Police are working with partners in other agencies including Chesterfield Borough Council and the NHS as part of a long-term plan to reduce the use of drugs in the night time economy.
Anyone with concerns about drugs can visit a new website www.doyouknowwhatsinit.org.uk set up by the Derbyshire charity SPODA.
If you have information about drugs in your community contact Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Pictured: (Top) Officers carrying out a warrant and below DI John Roddis