Drug Raids In The New Forest

30 June 2010, 11:26

Fourteen people have been charged after a number of police raids at properties across the New Forest.

The eight men and six women have been charged with drugs supply offences and money laundering following early morning raids across New Milton and other parts of the New Forest, on Tuesday, June 29.

 Operation Mercury

Eight of them are due to appear at Southampton Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning, and the rest have been bailed until Friday when they will appear before New Forest Magistrates.

Two other men have been bailed while police continue their enquires and another man is still being questioned.

Operation Mercury

Anyone who suspects that someone is involved in drug dealing activity is encouraged to inform the police so that appropriate action can be taken.  Information should be given by phoning your local police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Chief Inspector Gary Cooper said: "I would like to reassure residents that New Milton is a safe place to live and work. Local people should be reassured that this operation has been focused on those few individuals who bring harm to the local community and act without respect for the area or local people."