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Police to “make life a misery” for drug dealers
10:30am Sunday 8th September 2013 in Local
MORE than £10 million worth of drugs were seized in the West Mercia and Warwickshire police forces over the past two years.
In the 24 months up to April this year, officers from West Mercia Police recorded 199 cases of cannabis production, along with 162 in Warwickshire.
In April alone, 544 kilos of cannabis was destroyed across both areas.
Now the two forces have teamed up to launch a new strategy aiming to “make life a misery” for drug dealers, while working to help addicts and discourage children from getting involved in illegal substances.
The three-year strategy aims to identify and shut down producers and dealer networks while also reducing demand by working with young people.
Detective Superintendent Graeme Pallister said: “This strategy is aimed at taking the misery out of people’s lives as much as is humanly possible. It’s all about reducing harm in our communities.”
“To the drug dealers and pushers our message is simple – we want to make life a misery for anyone making a living out of other people’s misery.
“We will pursue you relentlessly, we aim to put you in jail and we will seize any property or assets you have gained.”
West Mercia's Police and Crime Commissioner Bill Longmore welcomed the project.
He said: “Drug misuse is a serious issue causing harm not only to the health and well-being of the individual that is affected by it, but that of their families and the wider community.
"It is also a major driver of crime. Because of this, reducing the harm caused by drugs is one of my priorities in my police and crime plan.”
Local authorities, health agencies and community safety partnerships will also be involved.
For more information, visit westmercia.police.uk.
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