Gangs Unit bolstered as Coventry Police launches offensive on drugs supply
We’ve bolstered the specialist unit targeting gangs in Coventry – and the newly-expanded team is making its presence felt with a flurry of arrests and weapons seizures.
An additional seven officers have been drafted into the unit in recent weeks as we turn up the pressure on people linked to drugs networks and firearms.
And they’re making a big impact with 26 people arrested – many affiliated with city gangs – guns, knives and drugs recovered, plus 26 vehicles seized.
Inspector Steve Malone heads up the team. He said: “We’re talking about a high level of intrusion and disruption into Coventry’s drugs gangs, the kind of which we’ve not seen for some time.
“We’ve carried out 12 raids recently, officers are stopping and searching suspects and we’ve gathered lots of intelligence around people linked to organised crime.
“The work is starting to make a big impact…we know drug dealers are feeling the pressure.
“And we’re working with neighbouring forces, plus British Transport Police, to tackle County Lines drugs supply across the wider region.
“This type of activity will be continuing for several months and I would urge people to contact us with information – to report their concerns or suspicions – so we can take action ad make our communities safer.”
Drugs with a street value of more than £100,000, including crack cocaine, heroin and amphetamine, have been recovered, plus £26,000 in cash which we’ve seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).
And the weapons haul taken from crime suspects includes two shotguns, a handgun, and 28 knives including combat knives, machetes and Samurai swords.
The unit is also using tactics to cut off drugs ‘hotlines’ used by criminals running cocaine and heroin supply chains.
They’ve helped secure five Drug Dealing Telephonic Restriction Orders from the courts in recent weeks which forces network service providers to shut down the number.
Insp Malone added: “We’re also using other digital tactics that effectively disable phone lines used by criminals to coordinate their drug dealing, advertise to customers and take orders.
“Drugs underpin a lots of the violence we’ve seen in Coventry so by striking at the heart of these drug networks it helps us protect the public.”
Information from the public is crucial in our fight against drug dealing and associated crime; we would urge anyone who has suspicions about drug dealing to contact us via Live Chat at our website or anonymously through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.