Posted on 8th March 2016
Nine people were searched and four arrested after a passive drugs dog was used to check for illegal substances across Chesterfield and Amber Valley.
The dog is trained to identify people who may be carrying drugs and indicate to their handler. The team visited pubs, clubs and bars across the area.
A 29-year-old man was stopped in High Street, Alfreton, and arrested on suspicion of possessing cannabis while a 27-year-old man was arrested in Grosvenor Road, Ripley, on suspicion of possessing cocaine. Both men have been questioned and released on bail while inquiries continue.
Officers stopped a 46-year-old man in Corporation Street, Chesterfield, and arrested him on suspicion of possessing cocaine while a 23-year-old man was arrested in Grosvenor Road, Ripley, on suspicion of the same offence. The men were given a caution.
The operation was carried out on the evening of Saturday, February 27.
Licensing Sergeant Nick Booth said: “We are committed to addressing illegal drug use in the night time economy across the division. There is a proven connection between drug use and violent behaviour and it will not be tolerated.
“We want people to people to visit our towns and enjoy a safe night out. I hope this operation shows that we will take action against those who think it’s acceptable to bring drugs into our pubs, clubs and bars.”