Police Drug Raids In Dorchester And Weymouth See Nearly Ten People Arrested
1:30pm 29th May 2013
(Updated 1:38pm 29th May 2013)
Several people have been arrested and a cannabis farm, containing 18 plants, has been discovered after police raids in Dorchester and Weymouth.
Early this morning (29th May) eleven properties were searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act, and so far nine arrests have been made for drug related offences.
Over £1,000 in cash has also been seized in the operations which involved more than 100 officers.
Wessex FM was there during a property search on Abbotsbury Road in Weymouth and spoke to Dorset Police's Cat White. She said: "It was very successful and a positive outcome. Minimal damage and minimal disruption to the block of flats as well."
Inspector Les Fry said: "Project Spotlight is the Dorset Police response to organised criminality. The force is committed to ensuring that organised criminals cannot operate in Dorset and we will ensure that we work in partnership with other forces and the National Crime Agency in the future in order to deter, disrupt and detect organised crime groups."
Wessex FM's Abby Newbery witnessed the action, you can hear her report here:
This was all part of Operation DUSK, an investigation into the supply of class A and B controlled drugs, namely Heroin and Amphetamine, into the South West from the North West of England. The operation has also looked into National Frauds committed by the same Organised Crime Group (OCG) in order to fund their lifestyles.
The searching of Weymouth and Dorchester properties was conducted with staff from Dorset Police, Zephyr and the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
15 pre authorised Misuse of Drugs Act Warrants were executed simultaneously by Officers from Dorset Police, including Local Neighbourhood Policing Teams, Zephyr, HMRC and SOCA.