Derbyshire Police begin drugs crackdown

Officers in Chesterfield have been working to target the possession and supply of drugs in the town, with particular focus on substances such as MCAT.

So far the force has made 11 arrests in and around the town.

Mephadrone, or MCat as it is more commonly known, recently became a class B drug meaning any caught with it either for their own use or to give away or sell can be arrested by the police with possession carrying a maximum five year jail sentence and/or an unlimited fine.

In October officers arrested two men, aged 21 and 23, for possession of the drug with intent to supply. Both men appeared at North Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates Court in December with Ryan Smith, of Station Road in Shirebrook referred to Derby Crown Court later in January. Nathan Bailey of Manvers Court in Shirebrook was found guilty of the offence and was fined £155 and ordered to pay £85 in costs.

Operation Phoenix isn’t just targeting those using and dealing MCAT, in November officers arrested two men after stopping their car on Prospect Road in Old Whittington. A 27-year old man and a 22-year old man were arrested for possession with intent to supply a Class A drug. Both men have been released on bail pending further investigations.

Inspector John Roddis, from Derbyshire Police, said “The use of MCat is becoming more and more popular across the county. The users of the drug are being linked to and involved in violent crime and acquisitive crime while includes car crime and burglaries.”

“This operation, entitled ‘Phoenix’, aims to highlight the work that officers are doing to tackle drugs in the communities of Derbyshire.”

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