Operation sees drugs arrests in Mansfield town centre

Police stock pix.Picture Richard Ponter 134127a
Police stock pix.Picture Richard Ponter 134127a

A ‘no-tolerance’ approach to drugs has seen 12 arrests in Mansfield town centre.

Over the five weeks, Operation Interweeving has seen officers take to the streets with drugs dogs and specialist testing equipment.

Over weekends and evenings officers have patrolled the town centres with a trained drugs dog.

Thanks to funding from Mansfield Partnership Against Crime and the work of County Licensing Officers drug testing machines were used, as a condition of entry, on the doorways of various pubs and clubs.

Those wishing to go into the venues had their palms swiped using swab equipment that detected any traces of drugs. Searches were then carried out where appropriate.

The operation has resulted in 12 arrests so far with drugs including MDMA, cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis seized.

Temporary police sergeant, Colin Kirkup said: Drugs, the use of them, the making of them and the dealing of them, all contribute to violence.

“People who use drugs are dicing with their own safety and well being, and whether they know it or not, they are supporting violence, organised crime and exploitation by buying and using the drug.

“This operation echoes our Alliance Against Violence campaign and our commitment to driving down violence.

“We will continue to work proactively to do that and the operation will continue in the upcoming weekends.”