Posted on 7th January 2015
Police in Chesterfield make a successful start to drugs operation.
Officers in Chesterfield have been working to target the possession and supply of drugs, particularly Mephadrone (MCAT) over the last couple of months. So far, 11 arrests have been made in and around the town.
Insp John Roddis, who is in charge of CID for the north of the county, said: “The use of MCAT is becoming more and more popular across the county. The users of the drug are being linked to and involved in violent crime and acquisitive crime which includes car crime and burglaries.
“This operation, entitled ‘Phoenix’, aims to highlight the work that officers are doing to tackle drugs in the communities of Derbyshire.”
In October a team of officers arrested two men, aged 21 and 23, for possession with intent to supply a Class B drug.
Both men were later charged and appeared at North Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates’ Court on December 31. Ryan Smith, of Station Road, Shirebrook, is due to appear at Derby Crown Court on January 14. Nathan Bailey, of Manvers Court, Shirebrook, was found guilty of the charge and was fined £155 and was ordered to pay £85 costs.
During November, a number of arrests were made. These included two men who were stopped by police in a car on Prospect Road, Old Whittington. A 27-year-old man and a 22-year-old man were arrested for possession with intent to supply a Class A drug. Both men were released on bail pending further enquiries.
On Tuesday, November 4, two men were stopped by police on Birchwood Crescent in Chesterfield. A search of a property was made and an amount of suspected MCAT was found. A 42-year-old man and a 25-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug. Both men have been released on bail pending further investigations.
Officers stopped a vehicle on Friday, November 14 on Peveril Road in Chesterfield. On searching the vehicle an amount of cash was found along with an amount of suspected MCAT. A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug and was released on police bail.
Steve Holme, drugs manager for the force, said: “The users of MCAT can develop erratic behaviour causing them to become anxious and paranoid.
“It is important to remind people buying drugs that it is a fact of the drug markets that what you think you are buying isn’t always what you get.”
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.