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Eight arrests and over £30,000 seized following drugs raids

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Officers from Staffordshire Police have this morning carried out a further series of raids as part of an operation to crackdown on the supply of a class B drug known locally as Monkey Dust.

A total of seven addresses were raided before 9am and large amounts of cash, suspected Monkey Dust, other drugs and stolen property were seized.

At an address on Bright Street in Meir, over £30,000 was found and seized by officers.

The operation, which took place across Stoke and Newcastle, is part of Staffordshire Police's commitment to tackling the supply and distribution of the drug across the county.

Five men and one woman have been arrested on suspicion of drug offences. A 53-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent has been arrested on suspicion of money laundering and a 46-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent has been arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods. They remain in custody.

Chief Superintendent Jeff Moore, Head of Neighbourhood and Partnerships, said: "Today's warrants are a further step in our work to disrupt and impact on the supply and distribution of the drug known locally as Monkey Dust across Staffordshire.

"The long term solution will not be achieved by enforcement alone and there is a strong partnership led by the local authority now working together to tackle this issue head-on, reducing its impact on communities. Focused action has been taking place across Staffordshire with officers using stop and search powers to target those who they believe are connected in the use and supply.

"The Community Drug and Alcohol Service, commissioned by the Stoke-on-Trent City Council is also helping users to become more aware of the treatment facilities available and experts from Manchester Metropolitan University are helping to test and identify the substance so we can understand more about it."

"I would also like to thank the community for information they have passed to us so far and anyone that wants to report activity about the supply of drugs in their local area is asked to call 101.

"Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111."

Cllr Ann James, Leader for Stoke-on-Trent City Council said: "A huge amount of activity is underway across the council and our partners to support those who are impacted by use of the drug which is known locally as Monkey Dust.

"Ranging from outreach support to enforcement to improving pathways for treatment access, we are working together strategically and operationally to deliver support in the right way to those that need it.

"This is a new and complex issue and it's really good to see all the pieces of the jigsaw, including today's enforcement action, start to come together to have a major impact on stopping use of this drug in the city. Anyone who wants help locally should contact 01782 283113 for support."

06 Dec 2018 13:45:10 GMT
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