March 11, 2011
reveal value of drugs haul seized in Burnham police raids
week's drugs raids in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge netted £5,000
of drugs and £7,000 of cash, police said on Friday (March
As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com last
week, five people were arrested as police executed search
warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act following information from
the local community.
The warrants were part of the district's on-going Operation Globe,
a pro-active series of warrants aimed at targeting drug dealing
activities, related anti-social behaviour and other crime.
Following a search of a property in Market Street, Highbridge
during the first warrant, officers seized large amount of cash
- approximately £2,500, half a bin bag full of flowering
cannabis heads, one ounce of cocaine and various imitation firearms
including hand guns, shot guns and gas powered weapons. Swords,
knives and a set of nun chucks were also recovered.
Three men found at the property were arrested at the scene for
possession of cannabis. They were later bailed. The owner of the
house and a tenant were later arrested for possession with intent
to supply after appearing at Burnham-On-Sea police station. They
have also been bailed pending further enquiries and forensic tests.
A further search warrant was executed later in the evening at
an address on the seafront in Burnham-On-Sea.
Officers found a significant amount of cannabis and approximately
£4,500 of cash. Both the drugs and the cash are being forensically
tested as part of the investigation. A local man has been arrested
on suspicion of possession with intent to supply and is currently
Officers have conducted over 20 warrants across Bridgwater and
Burnham over the past six weeks and over 18 warrants in Taunton
that resulted in over 31 arrests.
Ryan Dinham (pictured above) told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Drug
dealing in our town will not be tolerated. Deal in our town and
we will get to know about it and you can expect us at your door
at any time of the week, day or night. I would like to thank the
local community for their continued support in being our eyes
Sergeant Ian Kennett added: "At a very conservative estimate,
we have taken well over £5,000 worth of drugs and £7,000
drug related cash off our streets as a result of these warrants,
together with a number of dangerous weapons."
"We are determined to make our streets safer and would encourage
the public to keep talking to us, give us information about any
suspected criminal activity within your community."
And Inspector Roger Tolley said: "The public should be reassured
by proactive operations such as this. Whilst drug dealing and
related crime does impact on the wider local community, it is
undertaken by a minority and we are working hard with our partners
to tackle it robustly and effectively. Burnham and the surrounding
area is a safe place, and crime and ASB has been falling."
If the public wish to provide information to the police regarding
criminal activity in their area, they can do so by visiting Burnham
police station, calling 0845 456 7000 or reporting it anonymously
via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
If members of the public would like to speak to someone about
a drug-related issue or would like help and advice with a drug
problem they can contact 'Talk to Frank' on 0800 77 66 00 or Turning
Point Somerset on 01823 328 463.