Arrests made in Portsmouth area after major drugs raid

Officers carrying out a drug raid as part of the operation
Officers carrying out a drug raid as part of the operation

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DRUGS worth more than £100,000 have been found across homes in the Portsmouth area and has led to 10 arrests.

Police raids took place at addresses in Nobes Avenue, Gosport; Warsash Road, in Warsash; Clydesdale Road, in Whiteley; Emmanuel Close, in Fareham; Hunts Pond Road, in Park Gate; Caspian Close, in Whiteley; Rockery Close, in Dibden; Reeves Way, in Bursledon; St Annes Grove, in Fareham; and Nutbeam Road, in Eastleigh.

During the searches officers seized more than £100,000 of suspected class A drugs together with a large amount of cash.

- A 31-year-old man from Gosport was arrested on suspicion of possession of class B drugs, money laundering and theft. He has been bailed until January 22.

- Three men aged 20, 34 and 35, from Warsash were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs. They have been bailed until February 3.

- A 33-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman, both from Whiteley, were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs. They have been bailed until March 10.

- A 31-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman, both from Fareham, were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs and money laundering. The woman was bailed until December 21 and the man has been bailed until March 12.

- A 25-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman, both from Eastleigh, were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs. They have been bailed until February 13.

The raids took place on the morning of Thursday, December 11, but Hampshire Constabulary has only released the information today.

Detective Inspector Natasha Nield said: ‘The supply of illegal drugs will not be tolerated in Hampshire and we seek to prevent anyone from making money from this activity which causes misery to the lives of others within our communities.

‘The warrants were executed as part of our Operation Fortress campaign which seeks to reduce the harm of drug-related violence.

‘Officers are keen to hear from anyone who is concerned about illegal drugs or drug-related crime in their neighbourhood.’

Police issue advice on spotting drug crime

THE police have said to look out for the following signs of drug-related crime, which may be an indication:

- A sudden increase in visitors to a house or flat and people only staying for a very short time.

- Short exchanges between small groups of people at or close to a flat or house.

- Residents leaving a flat or house on numerous occasions throughout the day and returning a short time later.

- People loitering in an area and using their mobile phones frequently.

- New-looking or hire cars parked outside a house or flat that wouldn’t normally be there, and being driven by somebody that you wouldn’t normally associate with driving that style of car.

Anyone with information about drugs should call Hampshire Police on 101, or alternatively Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.