Drug crackdown hailed a success

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A massive crackdown on drugs that saw 46 people arrested and two town centre bars shut over Christmas has been completed by Derbyshire Police.

Senior Investigating officer, Det Insp John Roddis hailed the three-month long Operation Padma a triumph for the force, following nine days of warrants last month.

He said: “This has been a very successful operation to tackle drug supply within in certain licensed premises in Chesterfield town centre.

“We are now committed to carrying out a consolidated strategy with our partners in order to prevent or reduce any remainder of the drug market. “

Between December 12 and December 20, fourteen warrants were executed, as well as numerous other searches.

Of the 46 people arrested, 30 were charged with drug supply offences, eleven were released on bail pending further inquiries and five were released without charge.

Four of the people charged with supplying drugs have been remanded in custody to appear at Derby Crown Court in early January.

Officers also seized substantial amounts of cocaine and mephedrone (M-Cat), nine vehicles and around £10,000 in cash.

Bar Centro and Isis Noir, whose licenses were suspended in December, will face a full review at a meeting of Chesterfield Borough Council’s licensing committee on January 13.