Yesterday, 31st May 2012, 26 people were arrested and in excess of £25,000 worth of drugs was seized as part of a proactive police operation to tackle drug dealers across Wiltshire.
The majority of these dealers are from Bristol and London who have targeted vulnerable people in the county and then used their place of residence as a base from which to deal Class A drugs.
Operation Atlantic involved approximately 150 officers across Wiltshire with the majority of raids taking place in Swindon and Chippenham. Those arrested were detained for a range of offences including supplying, importing and possesing Class A and B drugs, money laundering and handling stolen goods.
As a result of the raids over £6000 in cash was seized and stolen property including mountain bikes, computer equipment and jewellery were recovered.
Superintendent Gavin Williams said: “We are pleased with the results of this operation and hope it sends a clear message to any dealers, whether they are from the local area or not, that drug dealing will not be tolerated in Wiltshire.
Illegal drugs destroy families and communities and as this operation highlights we will use all the methods available to us to ensure that offenders are brought to justice and Wiltshire remains one of the safest counties in the country.
I would also like to use this opportunity to thank the local community for their continued help and support. We rely on the information they provide us with and I would encourage anyone with information on suspicious activity to contact either police or Crimestoppers.”
Source: Latest from Wiltshire Police Full Story.