Drugs gangs are focus of Hampshire Police clampdown

Assistant Chief Constable Scott Chilton and District Commander Superintendent Maggie Blyth. Picture: Malcolm Wells

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POLICE are cracking down on organised crime groups using the rail network to transport drugs.

A joint operation was carried out at Havant railway station between Hampshire Constabulary, transport police and South West Trains.

Specially-trained dogs and their handlers were accompanied by covert officers on each platform.

Twelve people were stopped and searched and four separate seizures of cannabis were made.

Three people were issued with cannabis warnings for possession of drugs.

Detective Sergeant Simon Clacey, who led the operation, said: ‘Using the rail network to transport drugs into the Havant area will not be tolerated.

‘Future operations utilising passive drug dogs and other tactical options will be undertaken to prevent dealers operating within the local community.’

Operation Fortress is a campaign aimed at reducing the harm of drug-related violence.

Police are keen for people to report suspicious behaviour.

If you have concerns, call police on 101 or email in confidence operation.fortress@hampshire.pnn.police.uk.