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 Class A drugs seized during Darlington operation

 20/07/2020

​The nose knows…


On Friday, search dog Scamp joined officers from Darlington neighbourhood team and licensing officers for an operation to tackle drug taking in pubs and bars in the town.


During the operation, 12 stop and searches were carried out, during which Scamp sniffed out quantities of cocaine and ecstasy / MDMA.


The drugs were seized and officers carried out interviews using their bodyworn cameras.


Neighbourhood Sergeant James Woodcock said: “This was a productive night in the town centre, with search dog Scamp being invaluable in helping to detect those in possession of controlled substances.


“Possessing Class A drugs will not only give you a criminal record and affect your career, but the money used to buy the drugs also goes towards organised crime groups which damage the local community in Darlington.”


He added: “The licensees of the premises we searched welcomed the police assistance, with many pub goers being frustrated at the presence of drugs and the antisocial behaviour and violence they can generate.


“The vast majority of those enjoying the night-time economy in Darlington do so in a positive and respectful way – this operation was to target the select few who choose to fund criminality through the purchase of so-called party drugs.


“We are hoping to run the operation again, and roll it out across the force area.”