Two arrests in drug detection dogs patrol
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.