arrested by Somerset police in drug dealing crackdown
people from across Somerset have been arrested - including a woman
from Highbridge - in connection with a major police crackdown on
drug dealing in the county.
follows a nine-month long police investigation into the supply of
Class A drugs in the county.
addition to those given immediate custodial sentences, seven other
people were given suspended prison terms of up to two years.
say all those sentenced were filmed selling drugs such as heroin
and cocaine. Warrants were later executed at properties in Chard,
Cheddar, Crewkerne, Nailsea, Sherborne, Weston-super-Mare, Yatton
year-old woman from Highbridge received a two-year imprisonment,
suspended for two years.
Superintendent Ian Wylie, the area commander for Somerset and North
Somerset, said: "We are committed to tackling drug dealing
and all the associated crime and anti-social behaviour that comes
shouldnt have to live in places where dealers freely sell
their drugs on the streets, in parks or in areas where children
play which is what was happening in a number of Somerset towns."
always listen to the concerns of our communities but it can take
us some time to develop the intelligence we receive and people shouldnt
assume that because they dont see immediate results, that
it isnt being acted upon."
complex nine-month long investigation which has resulted in these
sentences is proof of this and has shown that we in Avon and Somerset
are in no way a soft touch and will do everything we can to ensure
our communities are safe and feel safe."
am pleased with the sentences handed down by the judge but Id
like to stress that our commitment to tackling drugs does not end
here and we are in this for the long term."
policing teams are making their presence known on the streets and
are making them hostile to new dealers moving in, as well as ensuring
those looking to buy drugs are put in touch with support services
which can help them turn their lives around."