This week officers in Southampton have carried out three days of activity to tackle drug-related harm in the city.
Officers have made: ten arrests, stop-searched more than thirty people and vehicles, executed warrants and searched six houses, and seized five vehicles, in response to reducing drug supply and harm in Southampton.
Officers have been working to tackle the harm drugs cause in the city by disrupting those who might be concerned in the supply of drugs, and helping those vulnerable to addiction, debt and exploitation away from criminal activity and risk, through patrols, visits and premises and car searches.
This two-pronged approach is outlined in Fortress, Hampshire Constabulary’s campaign that aims to shield communities from drug related harm through enforcement and partnership working. Drugs cause insurmountable suffering to communities and people coming to Southampton supply drugs and use drug users homes as bases won’t be tolerated.
On Tuesday 21 November officers carried out 15 stop and searches, two house searches and five car searches. Out of the 15 people stopped and searched, three men were arrested for drug offences.
A 45-year-old man from Southampton was arrested for being concerned in the supply of class A drugs and a 26-year-old man from London was also arrested for being concerned in the supply of class A drugs and assaulting a police officer. Both men have been released from police custody but remain under investigation.
A 48-year-old man from Southampton was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent supply. He was reported for summons after having been found carrying cannabis.
On Wednesday 22 November officers were out in force again. Five stop and searches were carried out resulting in two men being arrested.
A 36-year-old from Southampton man was seen to be driving a vehicle along Raven Road when he was stopped and subsequently arrested by officers. He was found to be driving without a license or insurance and was arrested for driving a motor vehicle with a proportion of a specified controlled drug above the specified limit. His vehicle was also seized.
A 25-year-old man from London was also arrested for driving a motor vehicle with a proportion of a specified controlled drug above the specified limit after he was seen driving a vehicle in West Quay retail park of off Mountbatten Way.
Both men have been released but under investigation.
A further two people were arrested on suspicion of drug offences after officers searched a property on Denzil Avenue. A 17-year-old boy from Surrey was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug and a 32-old-man from Southampton was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A.
Both have been released but remain under investigation.
On Thursday 23 November two men aged 22-years-old, and a third man aged 20-years-old who are all from Southampton, were arrested on suspicion of offences including possession with intent to supply a Class B drug, and being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug. They all remain in custody at this time (44170455994).
In addition to these arrests, warrants were executed on three houses in the city and searches carried out. Three vehicles were also seized by officers during the day for not having insurance.
District Commander, Superintendent Alison Heydari said: “Like all cities, Southampton has people who are dependent on illegal drugs and organised crime groups and transient drug dealers exploit that and with that they bring misery, violence and harm.
“We are taking robust action against those found to be concerned in the supply of drugs and as well as enforcement, we work with our partners at Southampton City Council and provide support and diversionary activities to people on the periphery of the drugs trade to help them escape addiction and criminality.
“We do this with the support of the community in giving us information. You are our eyes and ears out there and the information you pass to us helps us build up a picture of what is really going on in your communities, and take action.
“If you suspect that an address in your neighbourhood is being used for drug dealing then please call 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.
“All information could help us catch and convict those who deal drugs to our communities and even the smallest pieces of information can help us develop a clearer intelligence picture.”
The signs of cuckooing
- A sudden increase in visitors to a house or flat and people only staying for a very short time.
- Short exchanges between small groups of people at or close to a flat or house.
- Residents leaving a flat or house on numerous occasions throughout the day and returning a short time later.
- People loitering in an area and using their mobile phones frequently.
- High turnover of different vehicles being parked at the same address.
- New-looking or hire cars parked outside a house or flat that wouldn’t normally be there.
- If you have any concerns, call police on 101 or call 999 if a crime is in progress.
Help and Support:
If you are concerned about yourself or someone else, help is available from Southampton Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service. They offer a warm welcome, along with free confidential and non-judgemental service.
Services are ‘open access’ which means you can self-refer by dropping in, emailing or calling. You can also be referred by your doctor or another professional
Adults (25 years and over)
Contact DARS (Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service)
023 8071 7171
2 The Carronades
Young People (24 years or under)
Contact DASH (Drug Alcohol Support and Health)
023 8022 4224
13 High Street