Anti-drugs patrols taking place across Wealden

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Drug use and supply will not be tolerated in Wealden district - that’s the message from local officers who conducted targeted patrols in the district on Friday night (July 31).

Plain clothed and uniformed officers, together with a police drug detection dog, were involved in the operation which took place between 8pm and 1am the following morning (Saturday, August 1).

Anyone approached by the dog, which was accompanied by a specialist handler, was subsequently searched.

Several searches were conducted during the operation, including that of a 34-year-old local man, who was stopped near the bridge over the River Uck at 12.20am after the police drug detection dog made a positive indication.

A small quantity of drugs was seized and the man was arrested. He was subsequently charged with attempting to possess a class B drug and received a caution.

Inspector Tony Wakefield, who heads up neighbourhood policing in Wealden district, added: “This is the first of a number of operations that we will be running across the whole of Wealden involving the use of a drug detection dog. The message is clear - if you don’t want to get caught, don’t carry drugs.”

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