Police in Eastleigh conducted an operation targeting drug users in the Town Centre last Friday night.
A team of eight officers, both uniformed and plain clothed, carried out drug screening and searched people at two venues in the town.
Officers from the Safer Streets, Targeted Patrol Team and a Safer Neighbourhoods teams, took part in the operation, which ran between 9pm – 1am.
There were 32 positive drug indications including 16 for Heroin, 15 for Cocaine and 1 for Cannabis.
Ps Phil Callard from the Safer Streets team explained:
“We use a small piece of material wiped across a person’s hand and then use a ‘Ion Track’ machine to detect traces of illegal substances that the material picks up. The machine is very accurate & sensitive and is similar to that used in airport security checks”
“By carrying out this sort of high-visibility operation we are hopefully sending a message that drug use in Eastleigh won’t be tolerated.”
“Throughout the operation we also used plain-clothed officers to look out for people avoiding the screening operation, and used our search powers under the Misuse of Drugs Act.”
Sergeant Chris Spellerberg from the Safer Neighbourhoods team for Eastleigh Central area said:
“Premises which are members of the Pubwatch scheme are keen to work with us on these operations and this tells me that they will not stand for their customers abusing their premises in this way. We know there is a link between drug use, alcohol and violent crime. My team are working hard along with other groups outside of the police, such a Pubwatch, Street Pastors and the Community Safety Partnership, to ensure Eastleigh is a safe place to both shop during the day and also enjoy late night entertainment”
“Practical working with licensed premises to tackle issues such as drug & alcohol misuse is a big step in the right direction. We are very keen to assist them in stamping out drug-taking & violence in their venues.”
“We urge licensed establishments to continue to support us by submitting information about drug use, direct to us or anonymously via the Hampshire Crime Stoppers Charity and not allowing it to happen in their premises. In turn, we will continue to combat this issue with them and ensure their premises remain safe environments for everyone.”
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