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Drugs and money seized in operation
AN OPERATION in West Swindon to clamp down on drug dealing has resulted in five arrests, six executed warrants, one report of possession and more than £40,000 in substances and cash being seized.
The highest profile of those arrested since the operation started three weeks ago was a 45-year-old male from Grange Park, who was arrested and bailed on suspicion of possessing cannabis with intent to supply.
Cannabis resin worth an estimated £34,000 on the street was seized from his home, along with around £5,500 in cash.
West Swindon Neighbour-hood Policing Team Sergeant Pete Foster, said: “He was certainly not a small-time dealer. He was certainly somewhere in the middle. It’s the most cannabis I’ve found at one address in my seven-year career. We were all quite surprised to find that much there.
“But to take that much off of the street is a really good result.”
Also apprehended as part of the 16-man operation was a 30-year-old man, also from Grange Park, who was arrested for possession of cannabis and had around £2,000 in cash seized. A 26-year-old man from Toothill was also reported for possession of cannabis.
A 17-year-old boy from Toothill was arrested for possession of a knife in a public place and released on bail, pending further enquiries. Another 17-year-old male, from Toothill, was arrested for possession with intent to supply a class A drug. He was bailed for further enquiries.
A 20-year-old man from Toothill was arrested on suspicion of breaking into a shed in Westlea after a suspected stolen bike was found at his address. He has been bailed pending further enquiries.
Sgt Foster said: “We began looking into what was going on in the area, but it’s difficult to say whether it’s an increase in dealing or our improved links with community intelligence.
“When people realise we are acting on what they are telling us they tend to come forward with information quicker and more regularly.”
Community Beat Manager for West Swindon, PC Tom Turner, said: “These results highlight the dedication of local officers to rid our local communities of drugs.
“These are substantial amounts of seized drugs and cash and the fact that these drugs will not be hitting the streets is a real positive. The cash seized will be dealt with under the Proceeds of Crime Act and the arrested man will have to account for where this has come from if he wants it back.
“Local intelligence plays a large part of this operation, so I would urge anyone with information on drug dealing in the West Swindon area to contact Wiltshire Police immediately. All information will be treated in strictest confidence.”
Call Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously.