Drug raids lead to three arrests

THREE people were caught with illegal drugs after an early morning town raid last week.

More than 20 police officers forced their way into a number of addresses at Mountbatten House, on Admirals Way in Daventry.

Sergeant Sam Dobbs led the operation on Thursday along with the officers, a drugs dog and police staff who were executing arrest warrants.

Two men aged 24 and 21 and a 19-year-old woman, all from Daventry, were detained under the misuse of drugs act.

They were interviewed by police and later admitted being in possession of cannabis. All three were issued with warnings.

The raids followed a number of weeks’ investigations into reports of drug use in the area and an overwhelming smell of cannabis in certain locations.

The arrests come six weeks after a cannabis factory worth more than £45,000 was found at St James Social Club on Sheaf Street, and Sgt Dobbs has warned that police are taking a no-nonsense approach towards drug users and dealers.

He said: “We wanted to send two clear messages out in our actions on Thursday morning.

“The first is to those who conduct illegal activities in their rented properties, and use drugs.

“We will use maximum lawful audacity to disrupt your activities and will continually repeat this operation if we believe that the address is being used for drugs or crime.

“The second message is to those many residents who live their lives quietly abiding by the law, you can trust the police and be confident that we will do what we can to make this town a place where people can flourish without the scourge of drug use and all that goes with it.

“We also need to continue to work hard with the social housing landlords who share responsibilities with us under the crime and disorder act.”

Sgt Dobbs added that one of the men arrested later came into Daventry police Station to thank officers for raiding his property.

He said: “This particular man told us that he spends £160 a month on drugs and so he’s thankful that we’ve caught him.

“He’s hoping to now quit his habit and said he’s been given a big wake up call by what has happened.

“The operation was very successful and we are really pleased with the results.”

Police also posted a letter to all the other properties in Mountbatten House to let them know what had happened.

The letter said: “Please be assured that just because we have been engaged with certain properties at Mountbatten House it does not mean that this is a reflection on all residents and flats, and we apologise for any disruption or disturbance caused to those not involved in the activities we have been investigating.

“We are committed to working with the housing association (Daventry and District Housing) and doing our utmost to keep this block a safe and crime free place to live.”

Anyone with information about drugs in the Daventry district can contact Northamptonshire Police on 03000 111222.

If you wish to remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.