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Police reveal details of year-long drugs operation in Andover

It's been revealed drugs with a street value of £85,000 have been seized during the first year of a Police operation in Andover.

Officers have been cracking down on the use of Class A substances in the North Hampshire town - and other related offences too.

They've thanked the local community for supporting them with their work to tackle this type of criminal activity - and say their enquiries will continue.

The operation targeted drug networks, mainly from London, which often use and exploit young people and vulnerable adults to commit crime.

In the first 12 months, officers arrested 90 people for drug supply offences, seized £23,000 in cash and recovered £85,000 of drugs.

Officers have also focused on local homes that have been taken over by networks to deal drugs.

Police say residents at these cuckooed addresses are often vulnerable and they've worked with local partners to support them where appropriate.

Inspector Chris Taylor said:

“Rather than run this operation for a few weeks, we have maintained it throughout the year to disrupt those who come to Andover to deal these harmful substances.

“These results would not be possible without the amazing support and information from the Andover community.

“We know how devastating these drugs and its associated violence can be, and we would like to thank everyone who has supported us by providing information.

“I’d also like to thank our hard-working and brave officers, who time and again have acted on information and intelligence on Class A drugs supply.

“We are not complacent though, so our operation will continue, and we would like people to keep supporting us with information by dialling 101.

“Alternatively, people can call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously by dialling 0800 555 111.”

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