Police have seized a large quantity of class A drugs and cash following an operation near Mansfield.
Nottinghamshire Police said they seized 100 wraps of an unspecified Class A drug after three police vehicles intercepted a car on the A60.
One man was arrested following the operation on the morning of December 5. He was later released under investigation
Sgt Clint Gloyn said: “This was an excellent example of officers working together and acting on intelligence to safely bring the car to a stop, leading to this positive arrest and seizures.”
This comes as police drug dogs were deployed in West Bridgford town centre as a part of a new proactive operation.
Operation Reacher aims to tackle anti-social behaviour, drugs and a variety of other issues and is set to become a regular feature in the area.
Although no drugs were recovered, police managed to explain to those stopped why the dog might have apprehended them, which resulted in some of the people admitting they had been in contact with drugs recently.
Specialist drug sniffing dogs were used to alert the location of potential drug-users to police, who would intercept as part of the team’s action on drunk-driving in the area.
Sgt James Ross, from Nottinghamshire Police, led the operation and said: “We’re very pleased to be able to take this operation out into West Bridgford and this is the start of activity which we’re looking to make a regular feature in the town centre.”
Measures of enforcement like this come in the wake of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s 10 year plan which specifically targets middle-class drug users.
New legislation announced today will see police handed powers to go through drug dealers’ phones and contact their clients with warnings on drug use, as well as offers of therapy and support for those battling with addiction.
This crackdown comes as a new stage in the ongoing war against county lines drug dealers.
Home Secretary, Priti Patel, has said she “won’t stand by while evil gangs exploit our children”.
Patel also targeted people who take drugs recreationally, and said: “Their actions are directly leading to an increase in violent crime and people dying – but they pay no price.”
The new law put in place will mean those found with Class A drugs could have their passport or driving licence taken away as a deterrent which specifically targets the middle class.