Police in crackdown on drugs activity in Stone

Police have launched a crackdown on drug dealing in Stone after concerns were raised over the issue.

Officers have used stop and search powers – alongside drugs warrants – to tackle the problem in the area.

It has led to five men being arrested in the town, with chiefs now appealing to the public to report anything suspicious.

Chief Inspector Giles Parsons, the Neighbourhood Policing Commander for the Stone area, said: “We are listening to the community and hearing their concerns in relation to drug activity in Stone.

"We have taken positive action already, but we want to work with the community to significantly reduce drug dealing in the area.

"We already have information and intelligence around drugs in Stone, but in order to make the greatest impact, we need more information from the public."

It comes after enforcement action in November last year where officers carried out a drugs warrant at a property in the High Street where two men were arrested and more than £7,000 in cash and £600 worth of cocaine was seized.

Three men have also been arrested for possession of class B drugs in a separate case.

Ch Insp Parsons said: "I am directly appealing to the public of Stone to supply us with information and intelligence to target drug dealers in the area.

"We want to know what the locations of concern are, the times that drug-related activity is happening as well as the people and vehicles involved."

"Added to the information and intelligence we already have, this will ensure we can continue to take positive action, to reduce the impact of drugs in Stone."

Anyone affected by drug-related activity should message Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Call 999 in an emergency.

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