Police smash in doors in three Stoke-on-Trent streets in major busts

Loughborough Anstey drugs bust
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Police forced their way inside three Stoke-on-Trent homes as part of co-ordinated drugs busts. Officers swooped on addresses in Normacot, Sandford Hill and Blythe Bridge this morning (June 26) to catch those who peddle misery on the streets on the city.

The major and organised crime proactive teams seized cocaine, mobile phones and approximately £5,000-plus in cash after executing the warrants.

An 18-year-old man and a 20-year-old man, both from the Stoke-on-Trent area, were arrested on suspicion of being in possession with intent to supply a class A drug (cocaine) and possessing criminal property.

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And a 19-year-old man and a 21-year-old man, both also from the Stoke-on-Trent area, were detained on suspicion of being in possession with intent to supply a class A drug (cocaine).

Detective Superintendent Nicki Addison, from Staffordshire Police's Major and Organised Crime Team, said: “Our officers are working harder than ever to target the individuals and criminal networks that bring misery to our communities in the form of drug dealing, violence and exploitation.

“Our proactive and local teams will continue to gather intelligence and act on the concerns of the public to make our county a hostile place where these criminals find it increasingly difficult to operate. This is another good result.”

The busts come as part of Staffordshire Police's commitment to 'proactively target serious and organised crime across Staffordshire'.

A force spokesman said: "We launched Operation Target in May last year and have been working to disrupt and pursue criminals who plan, organise and commit serious criminal offences across the county, including drug supply, illegal firearms, knife crime, human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

"Our teams have also been working closely with partners in the local authority, health and third sector to identify and safeguard individuals who have been exploited."

To report crime or drug dealing contact Staffordshire Police on 101. Or report anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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