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Police Highlight their Win for Communities in Million Pound Drugs Drop


The Cleveland Community Drug Enforcement Team unload £1million of drugs at the incineration plant.

Drug detectives have highlighted their win for communities by seizing and dropping one million pounds worth of illegal drugs into a burning furnace – akin to a police take on a popular TV game show.

The large quantity of cannabis plants, amphetamine, cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin has been taken from criminals in raids across Cleveland by the Community Drug Enforcement Team (CDET).

Since CDET was launched in November 2013, over eighty offenders have been brought to justice and over one hundred suspects are on bail as part of live investigations.

Acting on intelligence from communities, the team has seized drugs with a street value of around £1.5million since January this year. Now, drug detectives are highlighting their efforts by burning one million pounds worth of drugs in a ‘mass burn’ at an incinerator in the Cleveland area.

The community has not only benefited from these drugs being off the streets - but oddly - by energy being put back into towns and villages because of the burn.

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: "This team has made a real impact in such a short space of time by removing these drugs from the streets. I’m particularly pleased to see their efforts as I was present at one of their first raids in the community.

"This one million pound drugs drop is a win for communities and our hardworking officers, and we will keep working in partnership to ensure that it’s the criminals who lose every time."

Detective Inspector Christian Ellis said: "By seizing these drugs we have stopped one million pounds going into the pockets of criminals, but destroyed in a furnace as part of our one million pound drugs drop.

"We want to say a huge thank you to the public for reporting their suspicions as many of our investigations start by a concerned community member reporting their fears to us. I would urge people to keep reporting to us, we take the supply of drugs and associated antisocial behaviour extremely seriously and will act on information that comes in."

If you see drugs activity in your area, please call the Cleveland Community Drug Enforcement Team on 0800 0929702 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111


Posted on Thursday 26th June 2014
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