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Police execute another drugs warrant

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.

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.

– Inspector Chris White, Hampshire Police

Drug warrants in Blackwater

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.

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Class B drugs seized during immigration checks

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:

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.

– Richard Lederle, Head of Kent & Sussex Home Immigration Enforcement Team

Man jailed for drugs offence in Maidstone

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.

Simon Cursons was jailed for drug offence Credit: Kent Police

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.’

16 year old boy taken to hospital after buying substance online

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.”

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Four charged after Hampshire drug operation

Hampshire Police have charged three men and a woman in connection with the supply of class A drugs.

It follows an investigation into the supply of illegal drugs as part of the Operation Fortress campaign.

Lyn Brownsea, 36, and Adrian Twining, 48, both from Basingstoke, Hassan Ocloo, 20, from Hanwell and a 16-year-old boy from London have been charged with the supply of heroin.

Ocloo was remanded in custody by Basingstoke Magistrates, the 16-year-old was released into the care of the local authority and Twining and Brownsea were released on bail.

All are due to appear at Winchester Crown Court on January 15.

Man jailed following drugs haul

A Gravesend man has been sentenced to six years and nine months in prison for conspiracy to supply class B drugs. It's after a huge haul of cannabis was discovered.

Clive Stephen Brown who's 59 and formerly of Alfred Road, Gravesend, pleaded guilty in August.

Clive Stephen Brown has been jailed for drug offences Credit: Kent Police

Brown met Gary Newman of Coal Post Close, Orpington back in May, who was driving a silver Ford Transit van at a café in Watling Street, Gravesend.

Newman entered the café while Brown drove the van away before returning later. Newman then returned to the Transit and Brown back to his black Nissan hatchback.

But as Brown went to drive off, officers swooped on both vehicles following covert surveillance by the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

Cannabis seized in police raid Credit: Kent Police

Inside the rear of the Transit officers found a large wooden crate containing more than 1,000 bars of cannabis resin weighing just under 460kg.

The estimated potential street value of the haul totalled around £2.3million

Man jailed for pawning family war medals for drugs

A man from Chatham has been jailed for pawning family war medals and stealing nearly £9,000 from his deceased mother’s account to fund his drug habit.

29-year-old Brendan Cameron admitted to charges of theft, fraud and possession of crack cocaine, cannabis and heroin at Medway Magistrates’ Court on 2nd September.

He was sentenced yesterday at Maidstone Crown Court to 10 months in prison.

Cameron pawned a naval medal from WWI and another medal from WWII for £522.

A debit card owned by his mother and his grandmother was also stolen and £8,774 withdrawn.

He later admitted that he had withdrawn the cash from the account over a three-week period to fund his drug habit.

His actions following the death of his mother were nothing short of disgraceful with no consideration for the impact it would have on an already grieving family.

I hope this sentence will give him an opportunity to reflect on the depths that he has sunk to in committing these terrible crimes.

– PC Neil Bowdery, Investigating officer
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