Following last week’s collaborative southwest operation, the message remains clear to criminals that the southwest is #NoPlaceForDrugs.
The anti-drug operation focused on targeting those intent on bringing harm into our communities and was initiated by the region’s five Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs).
During last week’s drugs intensification week of action, Avon and Somerset Police carried out several operational activities, including 31 warrants, 30 stop and searches and 16 county lines related disruptions.
As a result, 42 arrests were made for offences including drug supply, possession, and trafficking. Additionally, they seized £91,970 worth of cash (related to drug-crime), £65,200 worth of drugs and 30 weapons.
Avon and Somerset Police joined forces with police and partners from Devon and Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire, and Wiltshire. Collectively, the police services seized over £700,000 worth of Class A and B drugs, made 121 arrests for drug-related offences and took 173 weapons off our south west streets.
The force also worked closely with various partners, including the charity CrimeStoppers who had a banner van attend numerous locations across the southwest, which reminded the local community that they can provide information 100% anonymously via their 24/7 reporting service.
“I know that Avon and Somerset Police are committed to tackling drug-related crime and violence all year round. However, last week’s collaborative approach demonstrates the value of us all working together to disrupt those responsible for bringing harm to our communities.
“I applaud all of the officers and staff involved, removing dangerous weapons off our streets and providing invaluable safeguarding support to our most vulnerable.
“I would also like to thank those who have come forward either directly to the police or anonymously via CrimeStoppers. The information you share contributes to making our region a safer place for everyone.”PCC Mark Shelford
To pass on information anonymously, speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year on 0800 555 111 or use their non-traceable online form. Contact will remain 100% anonymous. Always. They will never ask for a name or contact details and the phone call or online report will never be traced.