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Protecting Ilkeston communities from drugs is key aim for police

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It’s a little while since I have mentioned drug-dealing in my column, but that doesn’t mean that the issue has gone away, or that we are any less committed to tackling it.

The last month has seen some very positive results.

Take one local man who has just received a two year term of imprisonment for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

This is a good result, and means he won’t be peddling his horrible product for some time.

The interesting thing about this is that the search warrant leading to his arrest was in March 2014.

It is unfortunate that sometimes the wheels of justice can turn slowly.

I understand the frustration that can be felt by local residents when they give us information, and the positive benefits take some time to be felt.

The most important thing to focus on though is that we only obtained this warrant as a result of people giving us that information.

We need that to continue, because protecting communities from the harm caused by drugs remains one of our core priorities.

January also saw my colleagues on Operation Arkham take enforcement action in Ilkeston.

As a result, two individuals will be appearing separately at court in future for possession with intent, in one case of heroin, and in the other of mephedrone, often known as MCAT.

You’ll be pleased to learn that both individuals are currently remanded in custody.

MCAT is nasty drug, and we have seen an increase its use in recent years, especially among younger
 people.

That is why we were delighted to seize more than four kilos of the substance and its cutting agent, with a street value of tens of thousands of pounds, in the recent action.

Once again, community information played a big part in these results, so I really do encourage you to tell us what you know.

We’ve recently suffered a spate of burglaries in the Longfield Lane area.

I am pleased to report that following some very hard work by our Volume Crime team, an individual has been arrested, charged with three offences, and 
has been remanded in custody.

It won’t surprise anyone that a great many burglaries are committed to fund a drug habit, so it is even more important that if you have information, you get in touch.

You can call us on 101, or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.