POLICE have vowed to 'make life a misery' for drug dealers in a new crackdown announced today (Tuesday).
Launching a new three-year strategy, officers promised to pursue dealers ‘relentlessly’, while helping addicts get the treatment they need.
Warwickshire Police, working with the West Mercia force, are targeting those who cause the most harm through drugs.
Detective Superintendent Graeme Pallister, who is overseeing the new plan, said: “To the drug dealers and pushers our message is simple: we want to make life a misery for anyone making a living out of other people’s misery.
“We will pursue you relentlessly, we aim to put you in jail and we will seize any property or other assets you have gained from your criminality.
“As for the users, we will do everything we can with our partners to help them get off drugs and lead clean lives.”
As well as providing intervention programmes for young people arrested, the police will be working with schools to turn youngsters off drugs, hoping to prevent the next generation of users.
DS Pallister said: “Compared to the situation in many major cities our drug problems may appear small but if drugs have made your life a misery then it’s still a misery, whether you live next door to a dealer, your son or daughter has become an addict, or you have been burgled by a drug user looking to fund their habit.
“This strategy is aimed at taking the misery out of people’s lives as much as is humanly possible. It’s all about reducing harm in our communities.”
The most prevalent drug in the area is cannabis and last year Warwickshire Police recorded 162 offences of cannabis production in the county. In April alone, 544 kilos of the plant were seized and destroyed by the two forces.
Identifying and dismantling large drug factories while attempting to disrupt the drug networks remains central to the police’s plan.
Attempting to cut the flow of illegal substances off from the source, from April 2011 to April 2013 police seized over £10 million worth of drugs in street value across Warwickshire and West Merica.
Although the focus is on protecting people who have fallen into drug abuse from harm, DS Pallister said help was only available for those who wanted and deserved it.
“Those who persist in taking drugs and are involved in offending will be targeted as their activities again cause misery and harm to others and that will not be tolerated,” he said.
The new drug strategy can be viewed on the Warwickshire Police website at www.warwickshire.police.uk
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