Thirty five people involved in supplying illegal drugs in Bristol have been sentenced to more than 70 years in prison this week.

Over the past three days (13-15 November), 31 people have been sentenced at Bristol Crown Court for drugs supplying offences. Four have previously been sentenced.

Avon and Somerset Police called their push to fight drugs and tackle violence in East Bristol 'Operation Minimal'.

The operation was launched in response to offences of violence and drugs supply in east Bristol communities. Intelligence also demonstrated that organised crime groups were operating in this area and offenders were using and exploiting vulnerable people, including children, to supply and store drugs and money. >

Avon and Somerset Police spokesperson
Cash seized by police during drug raids. Credit: ITV News

We are continually working hard to remove drug dealers from our streets and I hope these sentences will reassure the local community and send a clear message to other criminals that drug dealing will not be tolerated in Avon and Somerset and we will continue to pursue those who decide to break the law.

Chief Inspector Paul Wigginton