Brighton and Hove could become the first place in the country to provide rooms where people would be able to use drugs safely.
A Surrey man has been jailed for five years after admitting heroin smuggling into Dover.
Members of an organised drugs ring who were supplying cocaine across the Canterbury and South Coast area have been jailed today.
Video. A mother is launching her own war on drugs after her 15-year-old daughter died taking ecstasy. And she says she wants help from the dealer who sold it to her. Anne-Marie Cockburn from Oxford wrote a moving account of how she coped when she learned the news that her only child had died.
Penny Silvester went to meet her.
Five people have been charged in connection with the seizure of around £5 million worth of drugs found in the Thames Valley.
All five men were arrested within the Thames Valley and Kent and charged with conspiracy to import heroin and cocaine and conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine.
The men are:
- Martin Gray, aged 31
- David Bowen, aged 42
- Shorne Ross, aged 42
- Yemi Aiyegbusi, aged 35
- Razaki Hakan, aged 41
The charges are in connection with the seizure of a large amount of drugs, as well as £50,000 in cash, a hydraulic press and other drug paraphernalia.
The items were seized on Monday from a vehicle on the M40 and at properties in Woodstock and Oxford.
The mother of a teenager from Oxford who died after taking the drug ecstacy, says she wants to work with the person found guilty of supplying the class A drug which killed her daughter.
Anne-Marie Cockburn's fifteen-year-old daughter, Martha, died last year. She wants to meet Alex Williams, who is seventeen, to help change people's minds about legalising some drugs.
Police in Weymouth are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after drugs were found in a graveyard in the Westham area of the town.
At 6am on Saturday 1 March 2014 a member of the public reported seeing several people coming and going from the graveyard on Abbotsbury Road and acting suspiciously.
Officers conducted a thorough search of the cemetery and found a package, containing a large quantity of white powder believed to be a controlled drug, concealed within a tree.
– Inspector Pete Browning, of Weymouth Police
I am keen to speak to anyone who has information about the drugs or the people involved. Two of the people seen going into the graveyard at the time are described as black men - no other descriptions are available. All calls will be treated with the strictest confidence."
Police have executed a fourth drugs warrant in Yateley, as part of on ongoing operation to disrupt and arrest criminals in the Hart area. The warrant was carried out on Friday, January 31 at a property in Heathlands Court on Cricket Hill Lane.
During the search officers seized substances believed to be Class A and Class B drugs, They also arrested a 27 year-old man from Yateley on suspicion of possession with intent to supply the drugs.
A 21 year-old woman from Farnborough was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A and Class B drugs. The arrests follow an investigation into the supply of illegal drugs as part of the Operation Fortress campaign.
– Inspector Chris White, Hampshire Police
We are determined to make the Hart and Rushmoor District a hostile place for criminals. We will arrest, disrupt and bring to justice any criminal caught committing crime in the Hart area. This includes criminals involved in the supply and use of drugs.
Police have executed drug warrants at three addresses in Blackwater. The warrants were carried out this morning in Hearsey Gardens.
During the search officers arrested a 54-year-old man from Blackwater on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class B drug. A 20-year-old man from Blackwater on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a Class B drug.
A 20-year-old woman from Farnborough on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a Class B drug. The arrested people are currently being questioned by police. Officers seized substances believed to be Class B drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Around 70 cannabis plants were found in a bedroom at a house in Brighton as officers carried out immigration checks.
The discovery was made at the house on St James' Street Mews.
A 33-year-old Algerian man, who had over stayed his visa, was arrested.
Sussex police are now investigating the matter further and questioning the man.
Richard Lederle, head of Kent & Sussex Home Office Immigration Enforcement team said:
– Richard Lederle, Head of Kent & Sussex Home Immigration Enforcement Team
This was an excellent piece of work by all officers involved. Not only did they arrest an individual who was in the UK illegally, but they also prevented a quantity of Class B drugs making it onto our streets.
This was the latest in a series of operation tareting illegal immigration in Sussex, and for those who are living and working here illegally there is no hiding place.
A Margate man who was caught in possession of drugs in a bar in Maidstone has been jailed for three years and nine months.
Simon Cursons, 31, of Gordon Road in Margate, was seen by door staff at The Source Bar in the Roseyard in Maidstone in March.
He was detained until officers arrived and 11 wraps of MDMA (ecstacy) powder and approximately £100 in cash were seized.
Cursons was charged with possession with intent to supply a Class A drug. The drugs were estimated to be worth between £240 and £480.
Detective Constable Martin Barrow from Kent Police said: ‘This will hopefully act as a deterrent to people who attempt to sell drugs in Maidstone, or anywhere else. Drugs ruin lives; not just the lives those that take them but their families and friends too who have to deal with the consequences.’
Police at Southampton today renewed their warning about the use of psycho-active substances. The warning comes after a 16-year-old boy collapsed and started fitting at his home after smoking White Widow, a substance he bought on the internet.
At midday Friday, January 3, he was taken by ambulance to Southampton General Hospital, where he has recovered, but is being kept in for 24 hours of observation. White Widow looks like herbal cannabis, but does not smell like the drug.
Inspector Phil Lamb said: “Young people and adults must make themselves aware of the health risks involved in using such psycho-active substances. “Parents, too, must be aware and vigilant. At the very least, they should make themselves aware of the dangers and talk to their children about them.”