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Police in Boscombe have begun a two-week operation focused on suspected drug dealers and their associated criminality– while at the same time offering drug users guidance and support to free them from their addictions.
It started yesterday - Tuesday 1 May 2012 - and will run until Tuesday 15 May 2012, officers will utilise community intelligence to target suspected individuals.
Those suspected of dealing drugs on the street will be stopped and searched. In addition a number of search warrants will be undertaken at the homes of those believed to be involved in the supply of class Adrugs.
Individuals encountered by Officers during the operation who are drug dependant will be referred to the Bournemouth Assessment Centre wherethey will receive drug and alcohol related rehabilitation to help them get their lives back on track.
The initiative is part of Operation Dismantle, which has been running for just over two years across the county.
Boscombe is being targeted this month following concerns from the local community and intelligence gathered over the past six months..
Specially trained officers will use warrants to search theproperties of anyone they believe to be involved in drug activity, and seize any paraphernalia or drug material found.
Bournemouth East Police Neighbourhood Inspector Chris Weeks said: “We have listened to the local community and they have openly told us there is drug activity taking place on the streets of Boscombe.
“This operation is a chance for us to focus on this with a view to make a real difference, and make Boscombe a safer place for residents and visitors.
“Dorset Police will not tolerate crime and disorder, this activity sends out a clear message that the force is as determined to reduce crime and anti social behaviour most affecting our communities”.
Anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101, or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.