An operation is underway to tackle the sale of drugs inTendring.
Police activity to disrupt drug dealing in Tendring has increasedsignificantly over the past year and Operation Albatross will see even moreenergy and resource dedicated to disrupting drug dealing. This will involvelocal officers gathering and developing intelligence, stop-and-searches,vehicle stops, and search warrants to target people we think are making orselling drugs.
Chief Inspector Paul Wells, District Commander for Tendring,said: “The illegal drugs trade is massive and the vast majority of dealersdon’t care who they sell to or what harm it causes.
“Drug dealing leads to serious violent crime and to userswho need to steal to fund an addiction or a habit. We also see so much hiddenharm when dealers are allowed to operate as they want.
“Vulnerable people are exploited every day, for examplethrough ‘cuckooing’ or being made to carry drugs.
“Where there is drug dealing, we also see channels for othercriminal commodities, including weapons and sometimes, humans.”
“My officers and others from specialist teams, includingOperation Raptor, along with our partners, are already working hard to tacklethese issues across the district and Operation Albatross is the platform formore activity in Tendring, which should also help us to tell you about thesuccess we are having.
“In the 12 months to September there was a 38 percent risein recorded drug trafficking offences. Those offences are examples of officersmaking drug-related arrests or seizures and each one represents positive,proactive work.
“People living around Tendring also have a really importantpart to play in tackling this issue. Information from you about people using orselling drugs is crucial to us knowing who is involved and making it much moredifficult for them.
“If you have information about people selling drugs in yourcommunity, we need you to let us know. This is an issue which affects the wholecommunity and the whole community can make a massive difference.
“We will keep working really hard to keep Tendring a hostileplace to buy and sell drugs. Where dealing is concerned, no one should turn ablind eye.”
The operation will also involve engaging with young peoplefrom across the district including officers hosting a computer gamestournament.
Chief Inspector Wells added: “Half the battle is preventingpeople becoming involved in this dangerous world in the first place. Gangs willtarget young and vulnerable people and pressure them into doing things likecarrying drugs and recruiting other children. For them it’s cheap, low-risklabour.”
“Looked after children or kids going through tough times,are often the easiest targets for gangs and criminal groups.
“By holding events like a computer games tournament andbicycle workshops, we can speak to young people in an informal setting, showthem we’re real people not just a uniform, and also show them that g drugdealing ruins lives and, ultimately, gang life doesn’t pay in Essex.
“There is loads more work to do in this area and divertingyoung people is absolutely key. If we do it well, we will save lives. Gang lifeis not glamourous - it’s violent, exploitative, and dangerous and hard to walkaway from.”
If you have any information about people making, growing,buying, selling or distributing illegal drugs, please call us on 101 orCrimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.