Last week, officers working on Operation Blueline, an on-going operation to reduce the harm caused by drugs in the communities of St Pauls and Easton in Bristol, arrested a 14-year-old boy who was found in possession of a knife, cash and 60 wraps of suspected class A drugs.
The teenager from Montpelier was arrested in St Pauls Cemetery last Wednesday, April 4, after officers witnessed him dealing drugs to known drugs users. He was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and possession of a bladed article. A 17-year-old boy from Eastville who was also at the scene was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.
Both boys have since been released under investigation whilst our enquiries continue.
In a separate incident, but part of the same operation, arrests were made at a carwash on Ashley Road. A 31-year-old man from St Pauls was arrested on suspicion of possession of class B drugs and received a caution. Dennis Ferdinand, aged 61 and from Easton, was charged with possession of Class B drugs and was bailed to appear at Bristol Magistrates Court on April 19.
Later that day, officers witnessed drug dealing in Mina Road and arrested a 17-year-old boy from Redland on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, after he was found to have suspected class A drugs and cash on him. A subsequent search of his home address uncovered a large amount of class A drugs.
At Ashfield Place, several ‘deals’ were observed by officers within the space of a few minutes. Glenroy Henry, aged 60 and from Clouds Hill Road was charged with possession with intent to supply class B drugs and has also been bailed to appear at Bristol Magistrates Court on April 19.
Other results from the day include: a 35-year-old man of no fixed address who was spotted as wanted on a recall to prison. The suspect fought with officers as he was being arrested and is now back in prison; and a 35-year-old man from Lockleaze and a 20-year-old woman from Stapleton who were stopped in a car on Ashley Road after being seen to deal drugs with known drugs users. They were both arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and have been released under investigation.
Easton Neighbourhood Sergeant Chris Green said: “These arrests and charges show that we are committed to reducing the harm caused by drugs in the communities of St Pauls and Easton and that we are in it for the long haul.
“The fact that a 14-year-old boy was caught with a knife and a significant amount of drugs demonstrates what we’re up against. The people at the top of the chain don’t care who they exploit in their pursuit of money form drugs.
“We know that local people appreciate our on-going work in their community. Residents tell me and my team every day that they are sick and tired of drugs being dealt in the streets where their children play and walk to school.
“Please tell us what you know – information from the community is the key to our work and we can’t run this operation without it. 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 the actions 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.