Five people arrested and suspected drugs, cash and weapons seized in Bristol
Our work to reduce the harm caused by drugs in east and central parts of Bristol continued last week, when we arrested five people, issued dispersal notices and recovered cash, weapons and drugs.
On Thursday, February 21, officers carried out two misuse of drugs act warrants at separate properties in Argyle Road in St Pauls. At the first property, we discovered £30k in cash in a shoebox, along with dozens of items which we suspect have been bought with cash generated from the proceeds of crime. A 39-year-old man who lives at the address was arrested on suspicion of money laundering and has since been released under investigation. The cash has been seized under the proceeds of crime act.
At the second property, we discovered suspected class A and B drugs, cash and knives. There were a number of people in the property at the time, so we are carrying out forensic tests on the recovered items and will be looking to make arrests shortly. We did however arrest a 28-year-old man from Easton who was at the property for breaching the terms of a criminal behaviour order (CBO) which states he must not go to St Pauls.
Responding to community concerns about drug dealing in Picton Lane in Montpelier, we focused our patrols here and saw a suspected drug deal take place. We detained a 17-year-old boy at the scene and went on to search a property in City Road which the boy is connected with, where we discovered suspected class A drugs along with cutting and wrapping equipment. The 17-year-old was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs and has been released under investigation whilst we carry out our enquiries.
Castle Park is another area of focus for us at the moment, due to the number of reports we’re receiving about anti-social behaviour and drug dealing / taking. Officers in plain clothes toured the park on Thursday and spoke to a number of boys gathered there. A 20-year-old man from Easton became aggressive and was arrested and later charged with a section 4 public order offence.
Lastly, we issued seven section 35 dispersal notices on Stapleton Road on Thursday evening to address the issue of groups of young men gathering, which is causing concern to local residents. Seven men and boys were dispersed and banned from returning to the area for 48 hours, which calmed tensions and potentially prevented trouble.
Neighbourhood Manager Inspector Justin French said: “Thursday’s results are part of our ongoing commitment to the people of St Pauls, Easton and Montpelier, to reduce the harm being caused by drugs and those who deal them in these communities.
“Local people should not have to put up with drugs being dealt in the streets where they live, work and play and we’re determined to stop the people bringing these areas down with their criminal activities.
“As always, we need the support of local people, so that we can gather intelligence and target our patrols. You don’t have to speak to us directly, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously. Rewards of up to £1000 are offered for information leading to an arrest and charge.”
You can report suspicious activity via the Avon and Somerset Police website or by calling 101. It’s 999 if a crime is in progress.
Or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their website.
If you’re interested in our work to reduce the harm caused by drugs in these areas and the wider debate on the ‘war on drugs’, you can still catch Drugsland on BBC iPlayer.