Operation Fortress drugs warrant

"Drugs aren't welcome in our town." That's the message from officers in Basingstoke who mounted a crackdown on drug supply today.

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Cash and drugs seized during Basingstoke raids

Nine people have been arrested following a drugs raid in Basingstoke today.

Officers seized a large amount of cash and drugs as part of Operation Fortress, an ongoing crackdown on drug supply.

Six men from Basingstoke were arrested aged 19, 23, 23, 25, 27 and 28 as well as a 19-year-old man from Winchester.

Two women, aged 19 and 20, from Basingstoke were arrested on suspicion of money laundering offences.

Warrants were issued in Pitcairn Close, Illsey Road, Milton Close, Shelley Close, Bourdillion Gardens and Marlowe Close in Basingstoke as well as properties in Winchester and Bracknell.

As part of Operation Fortress, we also want to focus on how members of the public can help us by providing information about any drugs activity of drug-related crime happening in their neighbourhood. We are working with other partner agencies to restrict the supply of drugs, reduce the demand and to rebuild communities affected by drugs or drug-related crime. We want to hear from anyone who is concerned about drugs or drug-related crime in their neighbourhood. This support we receive from local people is vital in helping us to keep communities safe."

– Inspector Paul Maginnis from the Basingstoke Safer Neighbourhoods team
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