Police arrest men after series of drug raids across the area

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By Central Somerset Gazette | Thursday, August 01, 2013, 11:00

POLICE smashed down doors and raided houses during a crackdown on drugs in Glastonbury.

Heroin and cocaine were among the drugs seized in a special police day of action across the area.

At Bere Lane in Glastonbury two men aged 20 and 17 were arrested for possessing cannabis. They were bailed pending further inquiries.

Other arrests were made in Wells, Castle Cary and Wincanton including a man from Wells being charged. A total of six people were arrested during the raids last Wednesday. Officers also found money and drugs equipment such as scales and bags as they carried out morning raids on addresses across the district.

Inspector Jackie Gold said: "This was a successful and high-profile operation that sends out a strong message that we will not tolerate drugs and the associated crime and antisocial behaviour they cause in our communities.

"Somerset remains a safe place to live but we know there is a small minority intent on causing problems for law-abiding people.

"Drugs can have a devastating impact on communities and we are determined to bring those that supply and use them in our area to justice."

The day of action brought together neighbourhood officers, PCSOs, local response officers, special constables and two specially-trained police drugs dogs.

It began with breakfast briefings at stations in Wells and Yeovil before the teams headed out to execute Misuse of Drugs warrants and to search addresses.

PCSOs followed up with house to house visits and leaflet drops to provide community reassurance and to appeal for further help from people to tell police about suspected drugs activity where they live.

Inspector Gold said: "We are committed to tackling the problems that drugs cause on our communities and will be taking more action like this in the future.

"We rely on the public to be our eyes and ears and I would appeal to anyone who is affected by drugs where they live, or knows of people using and dealing drugs, to contact us on 101."

You can also called charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

They never ask for your name or trace your call.



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