Anti-Drug Operation 'A Success'

Officers in Boscombe say an intelligence-led operation targetting suspected drug dealers has been a success.

Operation Dismantle has seen specially trained officers stop searching individuals and carrying out various warrants at the homes of those believed to be involved in the supply of class A drugs.

Boscombe is being targeted by police following concerns from the local community and intelligence gathered over the past six months.

During the initiative the use of officers stop and search powers resulted in a total of 13 arrests of individuals found in possession of controlled drugs.

The 13 arrested men and women were detained on suspicion of possession of cannabis, possession of heroin, and money laundering.

Around £1,500 in cash, and £5,000 worth of drugs were seized.

A new partnership setup by Dorset Police saw seven individuals encountered by officers referred to the Bournemouth Assessment Centre for drug and alcohol related rehabilitation.

Both organisations will continue to use this link to help those who are drug dependent rebuild their lives.

On Friday 11 May 2012, specially trained officers carried out a drug warrant at a property on Stourvale Road in Boscombe.

This resulted in the arrests of three men aged 42, 52 and 22, and a 42-year-old woman for possession of heroin and intent to supply heroin and cannabis.

The four have been released on bail whilst police conduct further enquiries.

Bournemouth East Police Neighbourhood Inspector Chris Weeks, said:

"We are delighted with this latest success as part of Operation Dismantle.

"This focus has shown that positive action will be taken by Dorset Police against those individuals believed to be dealing drugs, and help and support offered to those who use them.

"Although we are pleased to have made these arrests, and seized a vast amount of drugs and related paraphernalia, the hard work must continue to show this type of drug related crime will not be tolerated.

"This operation has also demonstrated how we have listened to our communities concerns in relation to drugs and criminality, and we as a force will do our utmost to make sure this strong relationship continues".

Anyone with any 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.