more arrests after police drug raids in Burnham-On-Sea area
further eight people have been charged with drugs offences following
a major 10-month police investigation in the Burnham-On-Sea area.
eight have been charged with intent to supply, money laundering,
possession of class A, B and C drugs and the production of cannabis
following an operation into suspected drug crime in Highbridge,
Burnham, Bridgwater and Sedgemoor.
eight, who were charged last week, will be attending court over
the coming months and if convicted could also face further investigation
under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
initial investigation, which began in October 2011, focussed on
a suspected drugs supply chain.
the arrest of two people in the Bridgwater area, police identified
approximately 30 individuals during the subsequent investigations
thought to be supplying drugs or involved in other acquisitive
crimes, such as theft from motor vehicles and burglary.
investigation led to a day of action in March when officers executed
ten misuse of drugs act warrants and eight 'Section 18' searches
at properties in and around Highbridge, Pawlett and Bridgwater.
people were arrested for a range of offences as officers uncovered
two cannabis factories and seized a combined total of 137 cannabis
plants worth around £130,000.
also found substances suspected to be heroin, amphetamine sulphate,
crack cocaine, dried cannabis flowering heads and a large quantity
of illegally possessed methadone.
totalling approximately £5,000, was also seized. A large
amount of suspected stolen property was also recovered from several
addresses, including power tools, a mountain bike, mobile phones,
credit cards and suspect stolen driving licences.
the warrants assets were also seized under the Proceeds of Crime
Act, including a BMW motor car, motorcycle, watches and televisions.
Ian Kennett from Burnham Police, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We
have been targeting suspected offenders specifically identified
through a long running operation. Individuals
involved in drug crime are damaging our communities and often
commit further offences such as burglary and theft. None of which
will be tolerated."
the issues that our communities identify as key remains our priority.
We hold regular meetings and beat surgeries, which are proving
highly successful. They provide us with large amounts of intelligence
direct from the community, which as this case shows informs our
proactive work. They are also an opportunity for the community
to help shape their local policing."
carried out over 33 warrants and 'Section 18' searches in the
Burnham and Highbridge area in relation to drugs last year and
shut down six large scale cannabis factories. We will not tolerate
drug dealing and associated crime and will continue to tackle
Roger Tolley, Neighbourhood Inspector for Sedgemoor, added: "I
intend to continue to tackle the issues that our communities have
cited as their priority, particularly drug and acquisitive crime.
These are my top priorities. This kind of criminality, which impacts
not only on individual victims but the wider community, will not
will continue to work hard with the aim of maintaining and raising
the public's trust and confidence in their local police service,
to ensure that the community's needs are recognised and addressed
and that the public, especially victims, are put first at all
times. It is vital that the community continues talks to us. They
are our eyes and ears. We need to know what is happening across
the area. I encourage them to keep coming forward with information
about what is happening in their neighbourhood. We will listen
and we will take action, as this operation proves."
who have information about illegal activities should contact Burnham's
local policing team by calling 101.