Essex: We’re driving out drug gangs
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In just three months, our officers have arrested 170 people in 68 raids, more than half (91) of whom were charged and put before the courts the next day.
We set up our Serious Violence Unit last summer to dismantle and disrupt county drug lines and gangs and target knife offenders in our county.
And officers are working hard to do this but they cannot do it without your help, providing us with vital information about drugs and the people who deal them.
Between January and March, we dismantled 19 county drugs lines, arresting and charging suspects and taking away phones used to run the lines. As well as putting 91 suspects before the courts immediately, others were released under investigation and our inquiries continue.
“But we’ve continued to tackle them by executing warrants, often using information given to us by members of the public, and this has resulted in a large number of arrests and a corresponding reduction in violence associated with drugs use.
“We’ve invested heavily in our capacity to target serious crime, drugs and violence and to safeguard vulnerable people who get involved in such criminality and this is paying off.
“But we can’t do it alone. If you suspect someone is involved in drugs and drug-dealing or is vulnerable and being preyed on by a gang, we want to know about it. You can ring 999 if it’s an emergency, otherwise report it online at www.essex.police.uk or ring us on 101.”