Three arrested across Southampton after police drugs operation
Specialist police officers from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) and Hampshire Police arrested three men yesterday (1/10) in a dedicated operation aimed at tackling drug dealing in Southampton.
Following a series of warrants simultaneously executed across the city, officers targeted a number of addresses in Tatwin Crescent; Nettlestone in Netley Abbey; Dean Road and Whitebeam Road in Southampton.
Two men aged 28-years-old and a man aged 27-years old, all from Southampton, were arrested on suspicion of the following offences:
- Conspiracy to supply a controlled drug of class A (cocaine), contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977;
- Conspiracy to supply controlled drug of class B (other), contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977;
- Section 327 Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, Money laundering (conceal, disguise, convert, transfer criminal property);
- Importation of a controlled drug of Class B with intent to evade a prohibition / restriction contrary to section 170(1)(b), (3) and (4) of and Schedule 1 to the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979.
Items seized during the warrants included 16 cannabis plants which were discovered in a small cannabis cultivation setup; 0.5 kilos of herbal cannabis; a small quantity of cocaine; £22,000 in cash; a hydraulic press used for the production of cocaine and 26 digital devices.
“As part of our ongoing work to tackle drug-related crime in Southampton, we have arrested a number of people suspected in being involved in the drugs trade.
Tackling the supply of drugs is a key priority for SEROCU across the south east and we continue to work tirelessly using our specialist resources to target those involved.
I would urge anyone who thinks they may have information on potential drug dealing, regardless of the location, to contact police by calling 101.”T/Detective Inspector Rob Bryant from SEROCU
The men were released on bail until 29 October.
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