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Final arrest haul 47 as Operation Harness delivers message to drug dealers

Swindon Advertiser: Some of the illegal tobacco seized yesterday Some of the illegal tobacco seized yesterday

WILTSHIRE Police has confirmed the total number of arrests made during yesterday's Operation Harness stands at 47.

The county's force undertook the biggest single day of action in its history as more than 400 police officers and staff execute approximately 70 warrants at residential and businesses addresses in Swindon and London.

The operation was the second part of a long term undercover operation investigating the supply of Class A drugs in Wiltshire.

In addition to the results reported yesterday, Wiltshire Police last night seized approximately £50,000 worth of illegal tobacco from an address in Melksham.

Two further arrests were also made last night, bringing the total number of arrests made as a result of this operation to 47.

As a direct results of yesterday’s activity:

• A total of 47 people were arrested (six of these arrests were made in London). 

• A large amount of class A drugs were seized.

• £11,500 in cash was seized.

• £65,000 (street value) of illegal tobacco was seized.

• Approximately 70 addresses were raided, 15 of these were in London.

• Over £5,000 in designer clothing/accessories were seized.

• Weapons seized included a samurai sword and a machete seized.

• Number of electrical goods were also seized.

Senior Investigating Officer for the covert operation, Detective Inspector Mike Rees said: “Yesterday's activity sends a strong message out to anyone who sees Wiltshire as an easy target or Wiltshire Police as a soft touch.

“We will not tolerate anyone setting up a drugs network in Swindon or Wiltshire and we will put all of our resources into bringing those involved to justice.

"As predicted, we will continue to locate and arrest those outstanding suspects in the coming days and will not rest until we have completed this task.

“The operation was the culmination of over a year’s hard work from our undercover officers who are putting themselves at risk by associating with known criminals, often without any protection, to build up the intelligence we need for an operation like this.

“I would like to pay my personal respects to these officers – I have total admiration for what they do.”

Operational Commander and Dangerous Drugs Network lead for Wiltshire Police Detective Chief Inspector Craig Holden said: “This activity is just one of a number of tactics we use to disrupt and dismantle Dangerous Drugs Networks across our county.

“As a result of this day of action alone, we anticipate that we have significantly disrupted or completely dismantled more than 15 of these networks operating in Swindon.

“Wiltshire Police have a dedicated team to specifically tackle these networks and we will relentlessly pursue those who are responsible for supplying drugs in our communities.

“We rely on local intelligence and I would urge anyone who has information or suspects that drugs are being sold or used in their neighbourhood to contact Wiltshire Police immediately.”

Wiltshire Police worked alongside a number of partnership agencies during the day of action today including HMRC, UKBA, Swindon Borough Council, drugs charities, local housing associations and the Swindon Community Safety Partnership.

Officers from Home Office Immigration Enforcement team also joined the operation.

As a result, two men were arrested on suspicion of immigration offences. The men are from Afghanistan and Nigeria.

If it is confirmed that they have no legal right to remain in the UK, they will face removal from the country.

Jonathan Watson from Home Office Immigration Enforcement said: “We work closely with the police and other partners to combat illegal immigration and other offending.

“Foreign nationals who are in this country illegally should be in no doubt that they will be caught, arrested and removed from the UK.”

Operation Harness is a long-term collaborative project tackling issues which matter most to our communities. It involves all police officers and staff over a number of organised days of action throughout the year.

Anyone wishing to report suspected drug use or dealing in their area should contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

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1:29pm Thu 30 Jan 14

benzss says...

There are many, many places in Swindon from which you can get drugs.

Usually the doors are open, and you can just walk in. Make sure you look around a bit to make sure everything is in order; particularly when it comes to exits.

The drug dealer will usually stand there patiently waiting for you to talk.

You give him your order.

And then, a few seconds later, the drug dealer hands you over a pint of drugs.

The worst thing is nobody cares.

Rid us of this scourge.
There are many, many places in Swindon from which you can get drugs. Usually the doors are open, and you can just walk in. Make sure you look around a bit to make sure everything is in order; particularly when it comes to exits. The drug dealer will usually stand there patiently waiting for you to talk. You give him your order. And then, a few seconds later, the drug dealer hands you over a pint of drugs. The worst thing is nobody cares. Rid us of this scourge. benzss
  • Score: -11

1:36pm Thu 30 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

benzss wrote:
There are many, many places in Swindon from which you can get drugs.

Usually the doors are open, and you can just walk in. Make sure you look around a bit to make sure everything is in order; particularly when it comes to exits.

The drug dealer will usually stand there patiently waiting for you to talk.

You give him your order.

And then, a few seconds later, the drug dealer hands you over a pint of drugs.

The worst thing is nobody cares.

Rid us of this scourge.
I think you will find that has been legalised, what you keep supporting hasn't big difference! Personally I don't need to do either but if you feel the need to take mind altering drugs just to have a good time then good luck to you.
[quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: There are many, many places in Swindon from which you can get drugs. Usually the doors are open, and you can just walk in. Make sure you look around a bit to make sure everything is in order; particularly when it comes to exits. The drug dealer will usually stand there patiently waiting for you to talk. You give him your order. And then, a few seconds later, the drug dealer hands you over a pint of drugs. The worst thing is nobody cares. Rid us of this scourge.[/p][/quote]I think you will find that has been legalised, what you keep supporting hasn't big difference! Personally I don't need to do either but if you feel the need to take mind altering drugs just to have a good time then good luck to you. house on the hill
  • Score: 0

3:25pm Thu 30 Jan 14

mrwoo says...

drugs are gay!
drugs are gay! mrwoo
  • Score: 0

6:15pm Thu 30 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

mrwoo wrote:
drugs are gay!
Not sure how you work that out! Certainly stupid.
[quote][p][bold]mrwoo[/bold] wrote: drugs are gay![/p][/quote]Not sure how you work that out! Certainly stupid. house on the hill
  • Score: 2

8:50pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Phantom Poster says...

house on the hill wrote:
mrwoo wrote:
drugs are gay!
Not sure how you work that out! Certainly stupid.
From previous posts, it's obvious that mrwoo has a thing about everything being connected to "gayness". I think he's a very troubled person.

I look forward to some some imposter now posting on my behalf again! I worked out the reason behind ChannelX's obsession that his account was "cloned". The "nql" (Newsquest login?) cookie value identifies the user who is logged in. It's just one hex number, albeit very long. It would be easy to write a script to try random values till it hits on a valid account (who knows how randomly distributed the numbers are). Pretty sloppy security by Newsquest.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mrwoo[/bold] wrote: drugs are gay![/p][/quote]Not sure how you work that out! Certainly stupid.[/p][/quote]From previous posts, it's obvious that mrwoo has a thing about everything being connected to "gayness". I think he's a very troubled person. I look forward to some some imposter now posting on my behalf again! I worked out the reason behind ChannelX's obsession that his account was "cloned". The "nql" (Newsquest login?) cookie value identifies the user who is logged in. It's just one hex number, albeit very long. It would be easy to write a script to try random values till it hits on a valid account (who knows how randomly distributed the numbers are). Pretty sloppy security by Newsquest. Phantom Poster
  • Score: 1

9:28pm Thu 30 Jan 14

mrwoo says...

Phantom Poster wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
mrwoo wrote:
drugs are gay!
Not sure how you work that out! Certainly stupid.
From previous posts, it's obvious that mrwoo has a thing about everything being connected to "gayness". I think he's a very troubled person.

I look forward to some some imposter now posting on my behalf again! I worked out the reason behind ChannelX's obsession that his account was "cloned". The "nql" (Newsquest login?) cookie value identifies the user who is logged in. It's just one hex number, albeit very long. It would be easy to write a script to try random values till it hits on a valid account (who knows how randomly distributed the numbers are). Pretty sloppy security by Newsquest.
I think Phantom wants to bum me!
[quote][p][bold]Phantom Poster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mrwoo[/bold] wrote: drugs are gay![/p][/quote]Not sure how you work that out! Certainly stupid.[/p][/quote]From previous posts, it's obvious that mrwoo has a thing about everything being connected to "gayness". I think he's a very troubled person. I look forward to some some imposter now posting on my behalf again! I worked out the reason behind ChannelX's obsession that his account was "cloned". The "nql" (Newsquest login?) cookie value identifies the user who is logged in. It's just one hex number, albeit very long. It would be easy to write a script to try random values till it hits on a valid account (who knows how randomly distributed the numbers are). Pretty sloppy security by Newsquest.[/p][/quote]I think Phantom wants to bum me! mrwoo
  • Score: 1

10:44pm Thu 30 Jan 14

semitonic says...

Without wishing to disappoint those into a bit of anal, the account cloning thing is probably a lot more simple than you might expect. Messing around with cookies is, well, messy.

Creating an account that looks[ identical to an existing one is probably very easy.

After all, you have the full ASCII character set to choose from - and we know 'ChannelX' is a real.. ahem.. character.
Without wishing to disappoint those into a bit of anal, the account cloning thing is probably a lot more simple than you might expect. Messing around with cookies is, well, messy. Creating an account that [italic]looks[[/italic] identical to an existing one is probably very easy. After all, you have the full ASCII character set to choose from - and we know 'ChannelX' is a real.. ahem.. character. semitonic
  • Score: 0

8:29am Fri 31 Jan 14

Phantom Poster says...

semitonic wrote:
Without wishing to disappoint those into a bit of anal, the account cloning thing is probably a lot more simple than you might expect. Messing around with cookies is, well, messy.

Creating an account that looks
Your right, it looks like you can create a username containing an HTML entity. On looking at the message source I can see the post was by "Phantom Poster".
[quote][p][bold]semitonic[/bold] wrote: Without wishing to disappoint those into a bit of anal, the account cloning thing is probably a lot more simple than you might expect. Messing around with cookies is, well, messy. Creating an account that [italic]looks[[/italic] identical to an existing one is probably very easy. After all, you have the full ASCII character set to choose from - and we know 'ChannelX' is a real.. ahem.. character.[/p][/quote]Your right, it looks like you can create a username containing an HTML entity. On looking at the message source I can see the post was by "Phantom Poster". Phantom Poster
  • Score: -1

9:41am Fri 31 Jan 14

AllyT says...

So of the 47 arrested I wonder how many will actually go to court and receive the proper sentences and how many will walk away with grins on their faces :-(
So of the 47 arrested I wonder how many will actually go to court and receive the proper sentences and how many will walk away with grins on their faces :-( AllyT
  • Score: 3

2:03pm Fri 31 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

Phantom Poster wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
mrwoo wrote:
drugs are gay!
Not sure how you work that out! Certainly stupid.
From previous posts, it's obvious that mrwoo has a thing about everything being connected to "gayness". I think he's a very troubled person.

I look forward to some some imposter now posting on my behalf again! I worked out the reason behind ChannelX's obsession that his account was "cloned". The "nql" (Newsquest login?) cookie value identifies the user who is logged in. It's just one hex number, albeit very long. It would be easy to write a script to try random values till it hits on a valid account (who knows how randomly distributed the numbers are). Pretty sloppy security by Newsquest.
So, I was 'obsessed' with my account having been cloned - indeed, you delighted in taking the p*ss - but when it happens to you, all of a sudden you start mentioning it more than I ever did.

Not that you're a rampant hypocrite or anything.
[quote][p][bold]Phantom Poster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mrwoo[/bold] wrote: drugs are gay![/p][/quote]Not sure how you work that out! Certainly stupid.[/p][/quote]From previous posts, it's obvious that mrwoo has a thing about everything being connected to "gayness". I think he's a very troubled person. I look forward to some some imposter now posting on my behalf again! I worked out the reason behind ChannelX's obsession that his account was "cloned". The "nql" (Newsquest login?) cookie value identifies the user who is logged in. It's just one hex number, albeit very long. It would be easy to write a script to try random values till it hits on a valid account (who knows how randomly distributed the numbers are). Pretty sloppy security by Newsquest.[/p][/quote]So, I was 'obsessed' with my account having been cloned - indeed, you delighted in taking the p*ss - but when it happens to you, all of a sudden you start mentioning it more than I ever did. Not that you're a rampant hypocrite or anything. ChannelX
  • Score: 1

8:59pm Fri 31 Jan 14

1 2 Could B says...

Don't worry folks.
All will be sorted very soon and it won't help that the offender "cloned" his own account.
Eking personal data and inciting people are crimes, especially when a sprinkling of fraud are thrown into the mix
Don't worry folks. All will be sorted very soon and it won't help that the offender "cloned" his own account. Eking personal data and inciting people are crimes, especially when a sprinkling of fraud are thrown into the mix 1 2 Could B
  • Score: -1

9:43am Sat 1 Feb 14

semitonic says...

What do you mean 1 2 Could B? who's eking personal data and committing fraud?
[/italic]What do you mean 1 2 Could B? who's eking personal data and committing fraud? semitonic
  • Score: 2

11:45am Sat 1 Feb 14

ChannelX says...

1 2 Could B wrote:
Don't worry folks.
All will be sorted very soon and it won't help that the offender "cloned" his own account.
Eking personal data and inciting people are crimes, especially when a sprinkling of fraud are thrown into the mix
Have you informed the police of the threatening words and names you have used against people on this site? No need, really, as they're all recorded as evidence.

Have you informed the police of the various 'similar' user names you have registered in order to try and appear to be other users? No need, really, as they're all recorded as evidence.
[quote][p][bold]1 2 Could B[/bold] wrote: Don't worry folks. All will be sorted very soon and it won't help that the offender "cloned" his own account. Eking personal data and inciting people are crimes, especially when a sprinkling of fraud are thrown into the mix[/p][/quote]Have you informed the police of the threatening words and names you have used against people on this site? No need, really, as they're all recorded as evidence. Have you informed the police of the various 'similar' user names you have registered in order to try and appear to be other users? No need, really, as they're all recorded as evidence. ChannelX
  • Score: 0

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