Multiple arrests in police drugs crackdown around New Forest

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Police found drugs and cash after searching homes and cars

A KNIFE was found when police pulled over a suspicious vehicle during one of several recent operations cracking down on drug offences in the New Forest.


Officers spotted the vehicle while patrolling New Milton on Saturday as part of Operation Cave, which targets drug-related harm.

On searching, they discovered evidence of drug paraphernalia inside along with a large kitchen knife.

Posting about the incident on Facebook, Sgt Katrina Smith said the vehicle’s two occupants were arrested and interviewed in connection with drug offences. The driver was also suspected of driving while unfit through drugs.

“Another great example of how the team are reducing drug-related harm,” Sgt Smith wrote.

The post also pointed out other stop-searches had been carried out by patrolling officers as part of the ongoing operation, resulting in people being caught in possession of drugs and associated cash. Investigations into these other cases have been continuing.

On two consecutive days last week, officers made arrests in connection with various drug offences.

Last Tuesday they executed a search warrant at a Lymington property where a man was arrested and a large haul of cannabis and money was seized. The suspect was later released under investigation.

The following day officers visited an address in Milford while looking into drug possession and supply offences. A male suspect was found there and arrested, with a search uncovering various drugs and paraphernalia, as well as cash. The man has also since been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Also last week, local officer PC Wood and his team, working with the postal services, intercepted two packages containing cannabis that had been sent to people in the area.

This find led to house searches and other illegal substances and cash being seized from within. Both suspects have been questioned amid continuing investigations.

Last Friday two officers found evidence of illegal substances and potential drug dealing inside a New Milton home. Searching the property, they discovered a safe which contained further illegal substances and a large quantity of cash. Three suspects were arrested.

Sgt Smith posted: “If you think it’s a good idea to deal drugs, think again. We will find out about it and we will be coming for you.

“I want NM [New Milton] to be as safe as possible for residents, businesses and visitors.”

On Saturday night, local neighbourhood policing officers, acting on intelligence from the public, disrupted drug activity in Totton.

This resulted in a man arrested on suspicion of being involved with supplying class A drugs. He has been released under investigation as enquiries continue.

A post on a local police Facebook page said: “The Totton neighbourhood team are dedicated to being proactive in relation to drug-related harm.”

Those with information about drug-related activity should contact Hampshire police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.