POLICE have arrested a Uttoxeter man as part of a proactive policing operation to crackdown on drug crime. The arrest was part of the force's county-wide Operation Disrupt, an initiative which is currently seeing many arrests being made in connection with “serious and violent crimes and drugs.” A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “At around 10.40am on Tuesday, September 24 officers from our Disruptions Team stopped a grey Audi in Uttoxeter High Street.
“Following a search of the vehicle and a property in Stramshall, they seized what they suspect to be cannabis and ecstasy.
“A 19-year-old man from the local area was voluntarily interviewed and issued with a conditional caution.
“A few hours later at 1.35pm, police stopped a white BMW on Byrds Lane, Uttoxeter.
“Following a search of the vehicle and a nearby property, officers seized a quantity of drugs, believed to be cocaine and cannabis, along with £1,000 in cash and a canister of CS gas.
“A 28-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs and possession of a section five firearm.
“He has since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.”
The force spokesman explained that the vehicle stops were part of Staffordshire Police’s Operation Disrupt, which aims to “crack down on criminal activity across Staffordshire such as serious and violent crime and drugs.”
Led by the Disruptions Team, the operation, consisting of hotspot policing, stop and search activity and targeting of wanted offenders.
This latest arrests follow similar which Staffordshire Police carried out earlier in September in the East Staffordshire area.
A spokesman for the force said at the time: “Two men have been arrested after drugs and a lock knife were found at an address in Uttoxeter following an intelligence-led operation yesterday (September 12).
“Officers searched a home on Park Avenue at around 9am and found drugs believed to be cannabis and heroin, a lock knife, scales and mobile phones.
“The pair were arrested as part of the on-going Operation Disrupt, which aims to crack down on criminal activity across Staffordshire.
“A 20-year-old man from Derby was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in drugs, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of a controlled drug.
“A 39-year-old man from Uttoxeter was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply.”
Chief Inspector Jason Nadin, commander for East Staffordshire, added: “This intelligence-led operation was carried out as part of a proactive policing investigation to tackle criminals who are causing the most harm to communities across Staffordshire.
“We will continue to disrupt crime in the area and I would ask anyone concerned about drugs or anyone with information to call 101.”
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