Drugs seized by Cheshire police trebles
According to government figures, the number of drugs seizures made in Cheshire has more than trebled in the last three years.
Cheshire Police officers seized 2,070 drugs in 17/18, a 95% increase on the previous year. This figure was 653 in 15/16.
The county saw the highest drug seizure to population ration in the north west last year – as well as the highest number of drugs seizures in the county.
Officers have said that the increase is due to a clampdown in drugs offences.
DCI Mike Evans, from the Cheshire Police Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said: “While the increase in the number of drugs seizures in Cheshire over the past 12 months may cause some concern for residents, it’s important that the figures are put into context as the seizures themselves only form part of the narrative. While Cheshire is largely a rural county, it is home to a number of large towns and the city of Chester. It is also a conduit between two major cities in Liverpool and Manchester and is home to one of the biggest music festivals in the UK in Creamfields. As a result the county is occasionally targeted by organised crime gangs viewing Cheshire as an easy target. However, as the number of seizures show, the reality is very different. Illegal drugs have a detrimental impact on our communities and here at Cheshire Police we are committed to doing all that we can to tackle the issue and bring those involved in the supply of the drugs to justice. We have a dedicated Serious and Organised Crime Unit, a specialist team of officers who are committed enforcing the law and dismantling serious and organised crime gangs operating in Cheshire.
“As part of their work the team have conducted a number of high profile operations across the county. Examples of this include more than £20 million worth of class A drugs being seized on the M6 and Operation Rider, where 16 men from Warrington, Widnes, Carlisle and Cumbria were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs. We will continue to do all that we can to target those involved in the supply of illegal drugs in Cheshire, but we need support from the public in our ongoing fight against drugs.”
If anyone has any information about the supply or use of illegal drugs in Cheshire, they’re encouraged to contact the police on 101, submit the details online at firstname.lastname@example.org or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.