‘IF there are people who want to continue to drug deal in Burton, they should be watching over their shoulders’.
This was the defiant message delivered by East Staffordshire’s top cop Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey as he reflected on a series of ‘successful’ drug raids that took place across the town on Wednesday morning.
The commander of the local policing team also revealed that calls to Crimestoppers, the anonymous crime line, has increased by ‘ten fold’ since Staffordshire Police’s Operation Nemesis set its gaze on Burton.
He told the Mail: “I am really pleased with the way that the operation went.
“But I am also very happy with all the consolidation work by neighbourhood officers and PCSOs to reassure the community that took place in the aftermath.
“The feedback from the community, since we began this effort in January, shows that what we have done has been well received.”
Fourteen people have been charged with drug supply offences following yesterday’s Operation Nemesis raids in Burton.
A total of 12 men and two women appeared before magistrates in Burton yesterday charged with a variety of drug supply offences concerning heroin, crack cocaine and MCAT.
Officers made 16 arrests as part of the large-scale operation - the second in two months in the town.
In addition, one woman remains in police custody this morning for questioning, a man was released on police bail pending further inquiries and another woman was released without charge.
Chief Insp Maskrey added: “What really pleases me is that call to us have increased by ten fold and this shows that people realise that the information being given to us is being acted upon.
“We would just ask that people have patience as operations like this take a lot of time to pull together.
“My message would be that if there are people who want to continue to drug deal in Burton, they should be watching over their shoulders as we will be waiting.
‘Our job now is to make sure that we work hard to make sure nobody tries to take advantage of a gap in the drugs market.
“We have shown the public what we can do and what they can help achieve with their help, it is now time to carry this on to make sure that we keep the streets clean of this problem with more operations to tackle the issue head on.”