Police arrest 39 in drugs swoops

Derbyshire Police Detective Inspector John Roddis led the drugs crackdown operation.
Derbyshire Police Detective Inspector John Roddis led the drugs crackdown operation.
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Police have arrested 39 people as part of an operation to tackle the supply of drugs in Chesterfield town centre.

Four teams of officers carried out warrants at the houses of suspected drug dealers across Chesterfield between December 12 and 18.

It followed a two-month operation, carried out by specially trained officers, in pubs and clubs suspected of being involved in the supply of cocaine and mephedrone – M-Cat.

A total of 39 people have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences as part of Operation Padma.

Twenty-eight people, aged between 18 and 30, have been charged with offences including supplying Class A and Class B drugs and possession with intent to supply Class A and Class B drugs.

Police also seized significant amounts of suspected cocaine and mephedrone as well as cash and cars suspected of being used in crime.

As part of the operation, two pubs in the town centre where police believe drugs were being sold have had their licences suspended.

Detective Inspector John Roddis, who led the operation, said: “The main objective of the operation was to minimise harm to the public and prevent the sale of drugs in our towns.

“I believe we have achieved that aim.”