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Campaign to tackle drug misuse in Poole and Purbeck

Police in Poole and Purbeck have begun a campaign to tackle drug dealing and misuse – with drugs worth an estimated £250,000 seized.

In June 2014, officers proactively targeted 13 addresses in the two areas after receiving information about drug misuse and supply.

A quantity of drugs worth an estimated £250,000 has been seized and 12 people were arrested for drug-related offences.

The month of action marks the start of an ongoing campaign aimed at targeting drug dealers and referring those with substance misuse to organisations to seek help.

Police Sergeant Simon Perry, of Poole police, said: “We have recovered a large amount of herbal cannabis and also seized Methedrone, steroids and cocaine.

“I hope this campaign sends out a strong message that we take the dealing of drugs in Poole and Purbeck very seriously and we will continue to target those who commit these offences.

“I would like to thank the public for their support and would encourage anyone who suspects drug dealing and misuse is taking place in their community to call us so we can act.

“The supply of drugs has a devastating effect on those addicted and their families and is directly linked to acquisitive crime. We work closely with local housing teams and individuals living in three premises have faced immediate eviction.”

The Poole Substance Misuse and Alcohol Referral Team (SMART) can offer independent advice, information and support to anyone in Dorset whose life is being adversely affected by substance misuse.

They can be contacted on 01202 735777 or via http://www.edasuk.org/. The SMART team currently hold drop-in sessions on a Tuesday between 1pm and 6pm and on a Friday between 9am and 12 noon at Unit 3 Park Place, 6 North Road, Poole, BH14 0LY.

Residents should call Dorset Police on 101 Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if they suspect drug dealing or misuse is taking place in their community.

Issued: 4 July 2014