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Two Charged After Drug Raids
Two people have been charged with drug offences following a number of police raids in the Totton area on Friday 1 March.
Officers carried out 11 warrants at nine homes and two businesses, arresting seven people and seized four thousand pounds worth of heroin and crack cocaine during searches in Southampotn and Warminster.
The warrants were carried out as part of Operation Fortress, a campaign to reduce the harm of drug related violence in and around Southampton.
Ayshea Evans, 36-years-old, from Shakespeare Drive in Totton, has been charged with possession with intent to supply Class A and Class B drugs and possession of a Class B drug. She has been remanded in custody to appear at Southampton Magistrates Court on Monday 4 March.
Marc Antony Driscoll, 23-years-old, from Jackie Wigg Gardens in Totton, has been charged with possession of a Class B drug. He has been bailed to appear at Southampton Magistrates Court on Monday 25 March.
A 21-year-old woman from Totton received a caution for possession of a Class B drug.
A 43-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman both from Totton were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. They have been bailed pending further enquiries until Wednesday, May 22.
A 30-year-old man from Totton was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs. He has been bailed pending further enquiries until Friday, April 26.
A 23-year-old man from Totton was arrested on suspicion of possession of Class B drugs. He has been bailed pending further enquiries until Friday, April 26.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Operation Fortress team in confidence on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.
Update on Operation Fortress
Between start of campaign in May 2012 and January 2013, officers from the Operation Fortress team made 217 arrests and charged 73 people. Officers have seized approximately £132,000 worth of drugs and approximately £98,000 in cash
Hampshire police say that if you're concerned about drug dealing or drug-related violence where you live, call the police on 101 or email email@example.com
If you're living in fear or debt because of drugs, you can speak to the Operation Fortress team in confidence by email firstname.lastname@example.org
or on 101.
If you're worried about your own drug use, The Bridge open access drug centre can be contacted on 02380 881400. The Parent Support Link on 02380 39 9764 offers support and advice to people affected by someone else's drug use.
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