Thirteen people charged with conspiracy to supply drugs following major operation

Posted on 13th September 2013

Thirteen people have been charged with conspiracy to supply drugs following a major operation.

The group, who range in age between 20 and 52, will appear before magistrates in Derby this morning (Friday, September 13). They have all been charged with conspiracy to supply diacetylmorphine and conspiracy to supply crack cocaine.

The charges come after a two-day strike organised by Operation Redshank, a specialist team of detectives set up to tackle gun, gang and drug crime in Derby.

Nineteen people were arrested on Wednesday, September 11 and two were arrested the following day. Officers searched 15 premises in Derby, Leicester and Wolverhampton during the operation.

The other six people arrested have been questioned and released on bail while inquiries continue.

Detective Inspector Mark Knibbs, head of Operation Redshank, said: "A lot of hard work has gone into this strike week, involving more than 40 officers from Derby, Crime Support and our Operations Division as well as Redshank detectives.

"I can reassure the people of Derby that work is always ongoing to tackle organised crime groups, albeit sometimes behind the scenes, but eventually we will dismantle the criminal groups who prey on the weak and vulnerable members of our communities."

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