Big results in war on drugs

A TOWN’S ongoing war on drugs saw more than £12,000 of cocaine and cannabis seized last year.

Corby police officers carried out 53 search warrants in the borough in 2011, snaring £3,430 worth of cannabis, £9,150 worth of cocaine and 832 cannabis plants.

And they have praised the role of the public, who have tipped them off about suspicious behaviour on a number of occasions.

Officers also arrested 23 people for drug supplying and other connected offences.

And as a result of the warrants, officers also retrieved two stolen cars, one stolen motorbike and a stolen 37 inch television.

The statistics do not include a large consignment of Class A drugs seized from a light aircraft at Deenethorpe Airfield in July as this falls in the East Northamptonshire district.

Corby police commander Insp Gary Williams said: “This is really about highlighting the excellent proactivity of our Safer Community Team in Corby in tackling drugs in the community.

“The vast majority of warrants executed have come as a direct result of confidential information received from members of the community, and as a result of working with the wardens and caretakers, who are the eyes and ears of the community.”

Insp Williams said the results reinforced the police’s message on drugs.

He said: “I have said before that we are totally committed to tackling drugs in our community and we will always treat information in the strictest confidence and discretion and where possible, act on it as soon as possible.

“This is further improving confidence the community has in the police in Corby.”

Properties in Wick Close, Eastbrook, Gainsborough Road, Blenheim Walk, Greenhill Rise, Netherfield Grove, Hogarth Walk and Holbein Walk were among those targeted in drugs raids in 2011.