POLICE have carried out a series of search warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act in Taunton yesterday.
Officers carried out the warrants following an investigation into drugs supply and shortly after 9.30am, we made arrests at several properties in the Halcon and Holway areas of the town.
Five people, one woman and four men, were arrested at two addresses in the Halcon area on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs. They were taken to Bridgwater Custody Centre. Four of those arrested are boys under the age of 18 from the London area.
An 18 year-old man from Manchester, was arrested at the property in Holway on suspicion of possession of criminal property after he was found with approximately £5,000 of cash, suspected to be proceeds of illegal activity.
Drugs and cash were seized during the search warrants.
Chief Inspector Lisa Simpson, Commander for the Somerset West Local Policing Area, said: “Firstly I want to thank the local community for the information they have supplied that has helped with this investigation.
“They have made very clear that they do not want drug dealing in their neighbourhoods and have been taking action to assist us deal with the issue. Please keep talking to us, either directly or via Crimestoppers.
“Secondly I want to reassure people that this activity is just part of a range of proactive operations we are undertaking across the area to deal with drug dealing. It won’t end here.
“We are not a soft-touch in Somerset, we will not tolerate drug-dealing or related anti-social behaviour, let me be very clear about that.
“We will continue to work with our partners in local authority and housing to deal with this kind of crime, and with other agencies to help support those with addiction. We will also work hard to protect young and vulnerable people from being exploited by drug dealers.
“We want to know about anyone suspected to be housing drug dealers or allowing the supply of drugs from their premises. We also want to hear from anyone who is worried about friends, neighbours or relatives they feel might be vulnerable to drug dealers due to dependency or debt.”
If you have information about any suspected criminal or suspicious activity in your area, please call us on 101 or report it online at www.avonandsomerset.police.uk If you don’t want to speak to us then call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, it is completely anonymous and you could earn yourself a cash reward