Two ar­rests in drug de­tec­tion dogs pa­trol

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By DAVID SEY­MOUR david.sey­mour@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ @Et­david­sey­mour

MAN’S best friend turned drug users’ worst nightmare when po­lice launched the lat­est crack­down on the il­licit trade in Peter­bor­ough.

Of­fi­cers from Cam­bridgeshire po­lice called on the sup­port of two drug de­tec­tion dogs to sniff out users and deal­ers in the city cen­tre and Mill­field on Fri­day and Satur­day night.

It was the sec­ond such op­er­a­tion in the city, fol­low­ing on from a suc­cess­ful de­but in March, and once more saw the force col­lab­o­rate with its coun­ter­parts in Bed­ford­shire and Hert­ford­shire.

More than 30 peo­ple were searched, lead­ing to seven cannabis warn­ings and two ar­rests.

One was cau­tioned for pos­ses­sion of the Class C drug ke­tamine and the other was bailed af­ter be­ing found in pos­ses­sion of large quan­tity of the Class B drug canna- bis, some am­phet­a­mine, also Class B, and about 60 tablets of the Class A drug ec­stasy.

Sgt Stu­art Saun­ders, from Cam­bridgeshire po­lice’s Com­mu­nity In­ter­ven­tion Team, said: “The op­er­a­tion was a suc­cess, dis­rupt­ing street-level drug-deal­ing and mis­use, and fol­lows on from the suc­cess of a sim­i­lar op­er­a­tion ear­lier this year.

“Ex­pect more of the same as this op­er­a­tion pro­vides value for money, it’s min­i­mal cost to put on through the use of the spe­cial con- stab­u­lary and gains them valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence for their con­tin­u­ing de­vel­op­ment in sup­port­ing Cam­bridgeshire Con­stab­u­lary.”

The dogs, which took it in turns to pa­trol the streets, sniffed out their first sus­pect of the op­er­a­tion in Bridge Street, near Water­stones, hav­ing left the Bridge Street Po­lice Sta­tion min­utes ear­lier. This was a cannabis user who still had the scent of the drug on him af­ter hav­ing smoked it ear­lier in the day.

The first ar­rest, for ke­tamine, came in Lin­coln Road within 45 min­utes of the op­er­a­tion’s start and the dogs con­tin­ued to pick out po­ten­tial of­fend­ers at a steady rate, with only po­lice stop-and-search pa­per­work slow­ing them down to any ex­tent.

One of­fender, found in pos­ses­sion of cannabis in his rear pocket in West­gate, gave the ex­cuse that the trousers he was wear­ing “did not be­long to him”. He was later is­sued a warn­ing af­ter ad­mit­ting the drugs, if not nec­es­sar­ily the trousers, were his. Of the ex­cuse, Pc Tara Hal­latt, from Thorpe Wood Re­ac­tive, said: “It’s a new one.”

The most sig­nif­i­cant find of the op­er­a­tion came not from the nose of one of the dogs, how­ever, but the in­stincts of one of its han­dlers.

Pc Rob­bie Jenk­ins, from the Bed­ford­shire and Hert­ford­shire Dog Unit, spot­ted a car, with three peo­ple in­side, take up po­si­tion in a car park in Park Road at 10.45pm on Fri­day. A large quan­tity of cannabis was found in the rear of the ve­hi­cle, lead­ing to the sec­ond ar­rest.

He said: “When a car turns up in a car park like that and no­body gets out it just looks sus­pi­cious.”

HELD: An ar­rest is made.

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