SENIOR police chiefs and politicians have joined forces to celebrate the success of the town’s history biggest operation to tackle drug dealers.
Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, of Staffordshire Police, and Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths spoke out after it was revealed that 40 out of 41 people charged with a variety of drug offences rounded up as part of Operation Nemesis had now been sentenced.
The group were given a total of 89 years and four months behind bars for their roles in flooding the streets with class A and class B drugs.
Now the last of the Nemesis cases has come to a conclusion, the Mail can highlight just how far reaching the operation has been.
Chief Insp Maskrey said: “I am really pleased with the outcome of the operation and proud of all the officers involved.
“Operation Nemesis has helped remove a problem from the streets that had blighted the lives of ordinary people.
“It is great to see that strong sentences have been handed down and I hope it will act as a deterrent to anyone who is looking to try to take up this illegal practice in the near future.
“The quality of life for people in Burton has improved as a direct result of the operations and the number of crimes has fallen dramatically.
“But I want people to know that we will continue our bid to drive down crime. Burton is a safer place for all the hard work of the police officers and partners which allowed Operation Nemesis to be a success.”
Along with mammoth jail sentences, judges handed out community orders, unpaid work and confiscated drugs, money and goods seized in dawn raids across Burton earlier this year.
MP Andrew Griffiths said: “Nemesis is the most effective policing operation that Burton has seen.
“It was a great example of policing and saw so many people coming together in a co-ordinated manner in a bid to stamp out serious drug crime in the town.
“It has helped to take nasty and dangerous people off our streets.
“It has disrupted the supply of drugs and reassured the community that the police recognise the problems they face and are prepared to take them on.
“As a result we have a safer town and a happier place to live. Everyone in Burton now hopes that this kind of zero tolerance approach continues.”
l One man still awaits trial in January next year and another died before his case came to court.
The remainder have now all been dealt with.