Eight charged with drug offences

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 August 2012

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EIGHT people have been charged with possession of drugs, money laundering and production of cannabis after a 10-month police investigation.

A further 30 people were arrested during the operation for a range of offences and officers uncovered two cannabis factories and seized 137 plants worth £130,000.

The eight were charged last week with possession of class A, B and C drugs, intent to supply and other drug offences as a result of the operation in Highbridge, Burnham and the Sedgemoor area.

They will be attending court over the coming months and could face further investigation.

The police action, which started in October last year, focused on a suspected drugs supply chain and officers identified 30 people thought to be supplying drugs, or involved in other crimes such as theft and burglary.

Sergeant Ian Kennett, from Burnham police station, said: “We carried out more than 33 warrants and searches in the Burnham and Highbridge area in relation to drugs last year and shut down six large scale cannabis factories.

“We will not tolerate drug dealing and associated crime and will continue to tackle it robustly.”

In March officers executed 10 misuse of drugs act warrants and eight searches at properties in and around Highbridge and Sedgemoor.

During the searches officers also found a large quantity of methadone, £5,000 in cash and substances suspected to be heroin, amphetamine and crack cocaine. Police also recovered a large amount of suspected stolen property from several addresses, including power tools, a mountain bike, mobile phones, credit cards and suspected stolen driving licences.

During the warrants officers seized a BMW motor car, motorcycle, watches and televisions.

Sgt Kennett said: “We hold regular meetings and beat surgeries and they provide us with large amounts of intelligence direct from the community, which as this case shows informs our proactive work.”

“They are also an opportunity for the community to help shape their local policing.”


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