A MAN from the Staffordshire Moorlands has been arrested as part of an area-wide drugs operation.
The 45-year-old from Wallbridge Drive, Leek, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs, and was taken for questioning at Staffordshire Police’s Northern Area Custody Facility at Etruria.
He was later released on police bail pending further inquiries.
Police arrested a total of nine men across Stoke-on-Trent and surrounding areas last Wednesday, July 31.
Staffordshire Police officers, together with colleagues from the Serious Organised Crime Agency, executed warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
They targeted the addresses after gathering information through intelligence inquiries and from members of the public.
The men arrested were: A 33-year-old from Abbey Lane, Abbey Hulton; a 45-year-old from Wallbridge Drive, Leek; a 46-yearold from Allendale Walk, Blurton; and a 26-year-old from Beverley Drive, Bentilee.
Officers also arrested a 32-yearold from Verona Grove, Meir Hay; a 35-year-old from Broadway; and a 24-year-old from Moss Green Road, Bentilee.
Detailed searches of the addresses, and any associated vehicles, took place.
Police confirmed that two further arrests were also made the same day – a 22-year-old man at an address in Lower Mayer Street, Hanley, and a 47-year-old man at an address in Broadway, Meir.
The arrests were part of Operation Nemesis, the force’s ongoing drive to tackle drugs.
As part of the operation officers seized several thousand pounds in cash and undisclosed quantities of cocaine, cannabis and amphetamines.
They also seized property including mobile phones and expensive designer watches.
Chief Superintendent Juliet Prince, policing commander for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire, said: “Our commitment to tackling drug dealers, and those who benefit from such crime, is ongoing.
“Wednesday’s arrests send out a clear message to the communities we serve.
“Staffordshire Police will not tolerate drug misuse and we will take dealers, and their associates, off the streets.
“We cannot continue this work without the help and support of local people, and the information they provide about crime in their community is imperative.
“I would ask that the public continue to let us know about such issues so we can take the appropriate action.
“Together with our partners we will continue to take a tough stance on criminals involved in drugs and related anti-social behaviour.” Last Wednesday's operation was supported by officers, and a specialist drugs dog, from the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
Following the arrests high-visibility patrols by local neighbourhood officers were carried out in the relevant areas to reassure local residents.
A police spokesman added: “The Staffordshire Moorlands does not have a significant problem with drugs, with a reduction in drugs offences between April and July 2013 in comparison to the same period in 2012, of 48 compared to 55.
“Operation Nemesis is Staffordshire Police’s ongoing commitment to targeting drug dealers – we aim to get those who deal drugs off our streets and bring them to justice, reducing drug related crimes and anti-social behaviour in our communities.”
Anyone with information about drug dealing in their community is encouraged to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 or through independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 111555, or go on line at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.