Two people were arrested and a quantity of drugs was recovered during an early morning raid at a flat in Andover this week (Mon, Aug 10).
Officers carried out the operation in Arundel Court as part of Operation Fortress – a force campaign aiming to shield communities from drug-related violence.
Officers from the Northern Serious Crime Proactive Team mounted the operation to target individuals suspected of being involved with drug dealing in the town.
A 17-year-old boy from Waltham Forest, London and a 36-year-old man from Andover were arrested and are currently in police custody. A quantity of Class A drugs was also seized.
Detective Inspector Steve Spencer said: “This operation was part of our commitment to ridding communities of drugs and any associated violence. We want to make Andover a hostile place for those suspected of being involved in drug dealing and crimes linked to drugs.
“We also need the help of the public. If you have any information about drugs in your community, please contact us. The more information we have, the more we can do about it.”
Operation Fortress is a campaign involving police and other agencies to reduce the harm of drug-related violence. One of the aims is to restrict the supply of drugs and officers are keen to hear from anyone who is concerned about illegal drugs or drug-related crime in their neighbourhood.
The things to look out for are as follows:
- A sudden increase in visitors to a house or flat and people only staying for a very short time
- Short exchanges between small groups of people at or close to a flat or house
- Residents leaving a flat or house on numerous occasions throughout the day and returning a short time later
- People loitering in an area and using their mobile phones frequently
- New-looking or hire cars parked outside a house or flat that wouldn’t normally be there, and being driven by somebody that you wouldn’t normally associate with driving that style of car.
If you have any concerns, call police on 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress.
If you don’t want to speak to the police directly, you can call the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.