|Police carried out two very successful operations last week in east and central Bristol, as part of their on-going commitment to reduce the harm caused by drugs in these communities. Twelve people were arrested and a man was given a prison sentence after pleading guilty to drugs offences.
Last week, Daniel Miller, aged 23 and from Ballard Close, Speedwell, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin. He was arrested on May 1 after officers on patrol in Greenbank spotted a known drug user getting out of a hire car. The car made off from officers before they managed to block it in on Stonebridge Park. The driver – Miller – had 52 wraps of class A drugs down his trousers, along with hundreds of pounds in cash and two mobile phones. A later search of his home led to more drugs, cash and phones being seized. He was sentenced to 40 months in prison.
The first of the police’s two operations ran last Tuesday, May 22. Officers witnessed two teenagers making exchanges and later detained them in the Galleries, where they were found to be in possession of a large amount of suspected cannabis and cash, plus phones. A 16-year-old girl from Horfield and an 18-year-old man from St Pauls were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B drugs and have since been released under investigation.
Later that day, officers were in Castle Park and detained a group who were acting suspiciously. Dispersal notices were issued after complaints from members of the public about anti-social behaviour. An 18-year-old girl from Fishponds who repeatedly ignored warnings from officers to leave the area and became aggressive towards them was arrested for a public order offence and was later issued with a fixed penalty notice and released.
In Beaufort Street, police observed a known drug user making a suspected deal. They arrested a 27-year-old man from Bedminster on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, after he was found with suspected class A drugs and a large amount of cash on him. He has since been released under investigation.
Next came the arrest of a 27-year-old man from Barton Hill on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, after police spotted him apparently selling items to a known drug user on Unity Street in St Philips. This man was also in possession of a number of wraps of suspected class A drugs, a large amount of cash and a phone. He has also been released under investigation.
Later that day officers arrested a 35-year-old man from Fishponds and a 20-year-old man from Kingswood on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, after officers spotted a car acting suspiciously in the Easton area. Police stopped the vehicle and searched the occupants who were in possession of a quantity of suspected Class A drugs, large amounts of cash and multiple mobile phones. The men have been released under investigation as police enquiries continue.
On Thursday, May 24 the local police team ran another day of action targeting people dealing drugs in east Bristol. A 27-year-old man from St Pauls was arrested in Tower Hill St Philips as he was wanted on a warrant for failing to attend a court trial for drugs offences. He was remanded in custody and appeared in court the next morning.
Later that day police made two arrests which led to subsequent charges. Clay James, aged 22 from Barton Hill, was arrested after a short pursuit of him on a moped by officers which ended at Temple Meads. He has been charged with dangerous driving, failing to stop for police and for driving without insurance.
Daunte Edwards, aged 18 and from London, was arrested on Backfields Lane after plain clothes officers witnessed suspected drug deals taking place. He was charged with possession with intent to supply class A drugs.
Lastly, a 24-year-old man from Easton who was wanted for breach of a court order was arrested and taken to Bristol Magistrates Court after officers spotted him entering the Lawrence Hill roundabout.
Easton Neighbourhood Sergeant Chris Green said: “The number of arrests made last week and the subsequent charges show that we are determined to fulfil our promise made to the communities of Easton and St Pauls that we will not let people get away with openly dealing drugs in their streets.
“We rely on the support of the community to make these operations work – please tell us what you know, so that we can continue to target the people bringing crime and misery to local areas.
“If you don’t want to talk to us, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. They never ask for your name or trace your call and offer up to £1000 in reward for information which leads to an arrest and charge.”
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