Police have made 11 arrests as part of a crackdown on drugs in and around Chesterfield.
Officers have been working to target the possession and supply of drugs, particularly mephedrone (MCAT), over the last couple of months in an operation code-named Phoenix.
Inspector John Roddis, who is in charge of CID for the north of the county, said: “The use of MCAT is becoming more and more popular across Derbyshire.
“The users of the drug are being linked to and involved in violent crime and acquisitive crime which includes car crime and burglaries.”
Steve Holme, drugs manager for Derbyshire police, said: “The users of MCAT can develop erratic behaviour causing them to become anxious and paranoid.
“It is important to remind people buying drugs that it is a fact of the drug markets that what you think you are buying isn’t always what you get.”
In October, officers arrested two men, aged 21 and 23, for possession with intent to supply a class B drug. Both men were later charged and appeared at Chesterfield magistrates’ court on New Year’s Eve. Ryan Smith, of Station Road, Shirebrook, is due to appear at Derby Crown Court on January 14. Nathan Bailey, of Manvers Court, Shirebrook, was found guilty of the charge, fined £155 and ordered to pay £85 costs.
During November, a number of arrests were made.
These included two men who were stopped by police in a car on Prospect Road, Old Whittington. A 27-year-old man and a 22-year-old man were arrested for possession with intent to supply a Cclass A drug. Both men were released on bail pending further enquiries.
Two men were stopped by police on Birchwood Crescent, Chesterfield. A property was searched and an amount of suspected MCAT was found. A 42-year-old man and a 25-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a class A drug. Both men have been released on bail pending further investigations.
Officers stopped a vehicle on Peveril Road, Chesterfield. On searching the vehicle they found an amount of cash along with an amount of suspected MCAT. A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a class A drug and was released on police bail.
Anyone with concerns about drugs can visit a new website www.doyouknowwhatsinit.org.uk set up by the Derbyshire charity SPODA.
If you have information about drugs in your community, call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.