Arrests over drugs conspiracy in Portsmouth

Operation Fortress officers in Portsmouth
Operation Fortress officers in Portsmouth
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RAIDS have seen officers arrest eight people over a drugs conspiracy.

All of the arrests were made under Operation Fortress tackling drug dealing and related violence.

Hampshire police said six people were arrested in Portsmouth and three of them were charged for drug offences.

Two warrants were executed in Manchester with two people arrested and charged.

Acting Chief Inspector Chris White said: ‘Partnership working between agencies is strong in Portsmouth, with police, Portsmouth City Council, health and drug services all playing a vital role, working together to pro-actively tackle drug-dealing and wipe out drug-related violence in our city.

‘I would like to reassure residents that we will continue to disrupt drug dealers’ activities to restrict the supply of drugs and reduce demand for them in our city.

Drug dealing and its associated violence will not be tolerated; we have and we will continue to make Portsmouth a hostile place for drug dealers and their vile trade

Acting Chief Inspector Chris White

‘Drug dealing and its associated violence will not be tolerated; we have and we will continue to make Portsmouth a hostile place for drug dealers and their vile trade.’

Luke Leighton, 25, of Grove Road North, Southsea, Chae Neville, 18, of Daulston Road, Buckland, Portsmouth, and Richard Pascoe, 49, of Grafton Street, Buckland, have been charged with conspiracy to supply Class A controlled drugs.

They have been bailed to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates Court on October 20.

A 25-year-old man, a 28-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman, all from Portsmouth, were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of class A. They have been bailed until November 18.

The raids took place on September 22.

John Burns, 26, and James Hull, 24, both from Manchester, have been charged with conspiracy to supply Class A controlled drugs and have been bailed to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates Court on October 20.

Hull has also been charged with converting criminal property.

Police want to hear from residents

People worried about drugs or drug-related crime in their areas are being encouraged to call police.

Operation Fortress is a major police effort to tackle the crime.

Tell-tale signs of drug crime include:

• 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.

Call 101 or 999 in an emergency.