PLAIN-clothed police in Rugby arrested 105 people – 73 for class A drug offences – and seized around £240,000 worth of drugs in the borough last year.
Officers from the Rugby Proactive CID team also seized nearly £90,000 in cash and 15 knives.
To date, of the 105 people arrested, combined custodial sentences of almost 70 years have been handed out by the courts – likely to rise as more offenders are sentenced.
They included two men being sentenced to 12 years and nine years respectively after being convicted of a series of car key burglaries.
Rugby Proactive CID officers use proactive tactics to tackle crimes which impact the community, such as burglaries and drug dealing.
Det Insp Todd Lomax said: “Despite the challenges posed by Covid, officers from Proactive CID maintained a significant presence on the streets of Rugby last year and this has led to the removal of a significant quantity of drugs and prolific offenders from the streets.
“The team targets hotspot areas and known offenders in order to make the streets of Rugby as hostile as possible for anyone intent on supplying drugs or committing offences such as burglary and vehicle crime.
“The work of the team has led to the elimination of a number of so-called ‘county lines’ from areas including London, Northamptonshire, Coventry, Nottingham, Birmingham and Leicester – protecting the community for the harm that this activity causes. This is sending a clear message to anyone looking to deal drugs in Rugby that they risk substantial financial loss and time in prison.
“There are always those looking to become involved in drugs trafficking and as such we will continue to work tirelessly to make sure criminals in Rugby are always looking over their shoulders.
“Information provided by the public is key to ensuring we bring offenders to justice and I urge people to continue to let us know about any concerns they have about drug dealing in your area. We act on all information provided.”
Visit https://tinyurl.com/y6brnzvk or call 101 to report information or concerns about drug dealing. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.