Arrests made as police stop drug dealers in their tracks

A major operation to halt gangs bringing highly addictive drugs into Peterborough saw a number of arrests and a large presence at Peterborough Railway Station.

Tuesday, 16th October 2018, 6:00 am
Cambs police and BTP joint drugs operation at Peterborough Railway Station. EMN-181210-144147009

Police officers carried out a number of raids and operations last week to tackle ‘county lines’ dealers - who bring drugs from big cities like London into smaller communities - including Peterborough.

During the week, a number of warrants were executed at properties and addresses across the city, with a number of arrests made.

Vulnerable people were also taken to safety.

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In other areas of the city, hundreds of leaflets were handed out to residents in an attempt to reduce crime caused by drug dealers.

And on Tuesday and Friday, Officers from Cambridgeshire Police and British Transport Police were at the city’s railway station.

The officers used metal detecting arches, passive drugs dogs and behavioural detection officers to stop dealers in their tracks.

Passengers were ‘encouraged’ to walk through the arches, which were similar to those used at airports, while the body language experts were on the look out for anyone acting suspiciously. Searches of passengers were also carried out during both days at the station.

One person was arrested at the station for possession of cannabis with intent to supply on Friday, while one man was arrested on Monday, but was later released without charge.

On Wednesday, three men from Peterborough aged 18, 19 and 41 were all arrested. The 41-year-old was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs. The other two were arrested for being concerned in the supply of class A drugs. All three have since been released under investigation.

Police also used sniffer dogs at HMP Peterborough in an effort to stop illicit substances entering the jail - although nothing was found and no arrests were made during the operation on Wednesday.