arrests and £137,000 of drugs seized by police in Burnham
across the Somerset West police area, which includes Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge, arrested over 30 people during its Operation Relentless
clampdown on crime on Wednesday (March 7th).
from across the district executed ten misuse of drugs act warrants
and eight Section 18 searches at properties in and around Burnham,
Highbridge and Pawlett as part of the biggest Operation Relentless
in its seven year history.
Wednesday's activities, officers focussed on a drugs supply chain
following a four-month investigation started in October of last
year where, following two arrests made in the Bridgwater area,
police identified approximately 30 individuals thought to be supplying
drugs and involved in other acquisitive crimes such as theft from
motor vehicles and burglary.
activities saw the arrest of people for offences ranging from
possession with intent to supply drugs, theft, money laundering,
burglary and cultivation of a class B drug.
the warrants, officers uncovered two cannabis factories - one
in Highbridge, as we reported here - and seized a combined
total of 137 cannabis plants worth approximately £137,000
also found drugs believed to be heroin, amphetamine sulphate,
crack cocaine, cocaine, dried cannabis flowering heads and a large
quantity of what is suspected to be illegally possessed methadone.
of those arrested also had assets seized under the Proceeds of
Crime Act including a BMW motor car, a motorbike (pictured right
in Highbridge), watches and televisions. Cash, totalling approximately
£5,000, was also seized during the search warrants.
large amount of suspected stolen property was also recovered from
several of the addresses visited including power tools, a mountain
bike, mobile phones, credit cards and suspected stolen driving
Paul Endicott, who ran the operation, said: "The day was
a great success. We are really pleased with the results from the
warrants and other activities that have been carried out as we
have taken a large quantity of drugs off the streets and out of
our communities. We have also recovered a large amount of property
we suspect to be stolen and our aim now is to get that back to
the rightful owners.
Somerset West we have been targeting specific offenders identified
through a long running operation, who through their involvement
in drug crime, are damaging our communities and committing further
offences such as burglary and theft. None of which will be tolerated.
the investigation, the arrests we have made and further intelligence
we have now gathered, we have a lot of work to do in following
up this action with an ongoing investigation.
also plan to look at applying for several Crack House Closure
Orders in relation to some of the properties we have targeted
with the aim of dealing with the ongoing negative impact that
drug crime has on the immediate neighbourhood and wider community."
Inspector Peter Saban said: "I think it is very beneficial
to hold these dedicated days of action. They are highly successful
providing an immediate and visible impact for our communities."
give us an opportunity to target specific issues, bring the force
together in one large operation and send a strong message to our
communities - we care about everyone's safety, we will not tolerate
those who are committing crime and will remain relentless in tracking
down offenders and bringing them before the courts.
also hope they encourage people to come forward and let us know
about crime taking place in their area. We will listen, we will
take action as this week's activities prove. You can do this through
Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or contact us directly on the new
101 number. Alternatively, you can log on to our website, come
in to a police station or just stop us on the street."
its launch in 2005, Operation Relentless has seen over 35 operations,
resulting in the arrest of more than 2,100 suspects force-wide.
Police at the scene of the Highbridge and Pawlett raids on Wednesday