Drugs found on one in two people searched by police in Sheffield city centre

Nearly one in two people searched by police in Sheffield city centre were found with drugs, it has been revealed.

Monday, 3rd May 2021, 7:46 am
Updated Monday, 3rd May 2021, 9:02 am

Officers stopped and searched 38 people yesterday, Sunday, May 2, with the help of South Yorkshire Police drugs sniffer dog Roscoe.

Of those, 18 were found in possession of illegal drugs, with the majority having cocaine on them but cannabis, MDMA and ketamine also discovered.

Police said two people had been cautioned for drugs possession, with the rest referred to drugs support services.

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Police dog Roscoe, who helped police find 18 people with drugs in Sheffield city centre

The searches were carried out during the afternoon and into the evening as part of Operation Sidewinder, which officers said was aimed at reducing violent crime fuelled by people mixing illegal drugs and alcohol.

Sheffield South West Neighbourhood Policing Team, which teamed up with officers from the force’s Tactical Support Group for the operation, said: “Studies show that violent behaviour (amongst others) is one of the increased risks by mixing drugs and alcohol.”

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