Issued on 8/2/19 at 1:00 p.m.
Officers arrested two men yesterday (Thursday 7 February), as work to tackle drugs and antisocial behaviour in the city centre continues.
The arrests took place as part of an operation involving a passive drugs dog and a team of 15 officers.
It is the second time in the space of a week that the force has targeted the city centre, with a successful knife arch operation on Saturday (2 February) evening resulting in six arrests.
Passive drugs dog, Moss, along with his handler and officers patrolled the city centre from 9am until 1.30pm. Moss is a specialist dog trained to smell both Class A and B drugs. The dog will signal to its handler if it can smell drugs and this indicates that it believes that person has taken drugs or is in possession of drugs. Officers will then speak to the suspect and, if there are sufficient grounds, conduct a stop search.
Simon Smith, 43, of Loughborough Road was charged with possession of a Class B controlled drug and an offence under the section five public order act. A second man, 28, was arrested on recall to prison. Six other offenders were handed community resolutions for the possession of drugs.
In addition, officers seized a pair of plyers, as well cannabis and cannabis related paraphernalia.
Sergeant Dave Adams, from the City Centre Neighbourhood team organised the operation.
He said: “Yesterday’s operation was further evidence of our no tolerance stance towards drugs and antisocial behavior.
“The day saw a number of successful results and we will continue to build upon this great work by officers, alongside key stakeholders in order to keep the city centre a safe place.”
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