BURTON’S central location between major cities makes the town a perfect location for organised criminals to set up drug operations, it has been claimed.
Inspector Paul Downing, based at Burton Police Station, said Burton’s location between Stoke and Leicester, and Derby and Birmingham, ‘naturally lends itself’ to the drugs trade.
He said: “The geography of Burton lends itself naturally to drugs being either produced here or being moved through the town by organised criminals.
“I don’t think there’s more drug dealing happening here. But because it sits in that area it naturally lends itself to the trade.”
His comments come after eight months of seemingly non-stop police drugs raids and seizures in Burton.
In January, more than 250 officers descended on suspected heroin, crack cocaine, cocaine and cannabis dealers as part of the largest anti-drugs operation ever in the town.
In March, the police carried out another series of dawn raids while in June, cannabis, £600 in cash and an imitation firearm were seized.
Later that month, a cocaine haul worth £160,000 was found in what police called one of the most significant finds ever.
And last week, the Mail reported that five professional cannabis farms unearthed following tip-offs.
All the raids and seizures as part of Operation Nemesis; the crackdown Staffordshire Police is leading on the narcotics trade in the county.
Insp Downing said: “We have had a great success with the cannabis farms.
“The message is that we are continuing the work of Operation Nemesis.
“We are unrelenting in our pursuit of criminals who produce or deal drugs. What we do know is that targeting producers and dealers does make Burton a safer place.”
Insp Downing added that the work could not have taken place without help from members of the public.