Gloucestershire Police seize drugs worth over £500,000
2:02pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
POLICE in Gloucestershire have seized a variety of class A and class B drugs worth over half a million pounds.
Four separate police operations in Gloucestershire over the past two weeks have resulted in the seizure of class A and class B drugs with a combined estimated street value of over half a million pounds and nine arrests.
Speaking about their work to ensure illegal substances are prevented from getting onto the county’s streets, Detective Inspector Neil Carpenter from the Constabulary’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said: “At this time we are limited about the specifics we can go into about these operations as court cases are now pending on a number of them. However, these seizures are significant and we feel it’s important for the public to hear that we are doing everything within our power to stop illegal drugs from being dealt in our county.
“A lot of our work targeting drug offences in the county is not seen by the general public but they can be assured that we have teams working 24/7 to prevent drugs from hitting our streets and bring those involved to justice.”
The first of the operations took place on Friday September 27. Officers carried out a search at a home in Hardwick and seized cannabis with a potential street value in excess of £100,000.
An 18-year-old local woman and a 21-year-old man from Tuffley were arrested at the address on suspicion of supplying class B drugs. They have been bailed to return to the police station on November 28. As part of the operation a vehicle was stopped on the M5 and two men were arrested on suspicion of supply class B drugs. The 36-year-old man and 28-year-old man, both from Telford in Shropshire, were also bailed to return to the police station on November 28.
In a separate operation two men were arrested on Friday October 4 when officers stopped a car on the Zoons Court roundabout in Gloucester and recovered an amount of what is suspected to be crack cocaine and heroin. The drugs are currently being tested to establish their estimated street value.
A 36-year-old Gloucester man and a 33-year-old man from Peckham in London were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of controlled substances. They have bailed to return to the police station on December 10.
Mephedrone, with a potential street value of £40,000 was seized by officers when they stopped a vehicle on the M5 southbound on Tuesday October 8 and arrested a 33-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman from Quedgeley.
Yesterday (Wednesday, October 9) the man was charged with being concerned in the supply of class B drugs. This morning (Thursday, October 10) he appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates Court where he was remanded in custody to appear at court at a later date.
The woman was charged with being concerned in the supply of class B drugs. She was bailed to appear at Cheltenham Magistrates Court on November 14.
Yesterday, Wednesday October 10, officers from the Roads Policing Unit stopped a vehicle on the M5 northbound just past junction 11. Officers seized a large amount of cannabis with an estimated potential street value of around £500,000 from the boot of the car and arrested a 49-year-old man.
The man, who is of no fixed abode in the county, was charged with possession with intent to supply class B drugs (cannabis resin). He appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates Court today and was remanded in custody. He will reappear at court at a later date.