Two men have been given sentences totalling six years, following investigations into the supply of Class A drugs in Portsmouth.
The two men were arrested on 23 February in St Helens Parade, Southsea.
Wilker Amaro, 22, of Provost St, London, has been sentenced to 42 months in prison for possession with intent to supply class A drugs (crack cocaine and heroin).
Vazcontreiras Hailton, 26, of St Helen’s Parade, Southsea, has been sentenced to 30 months for possession with intent to supply class A drugs (crack cocaine and heroin).
Chief Inspector James Pegler said: “Police in Portsmouth, including our new drugs related harm team, are continuing to disrupt and tackle drug-dealing in the city.
“I hope these results reassure the local community that we will not tolerate drug-dealing in Portsmouth.
“We continue to work with our partners to restrict the supply of drugs and reduce the demand for them in Portsmouth and make it a hostile place for drug dealers.”
Operation Fortress sees police and other agencies working together to reduce the harm of drug-related violence. One of the aims is to restrict the supply of drugs and officers are keen to hear from anyone who is concerned about illegal drugs or drug-related crime in their neighbourhood. The things to look out for are as follows:
A sudden increase in visitors to a house or flat and people only staying for a very short time.
Short exchanges between small groups of people at or close to a flat or house.
Residents leaving a flat or house on numerous occasions throughout the day and returning a short time later.
People loitering in an area and using their mobile phones frequently.
New-looking or hire cars parked outside a house or flat that wouldn’t normally be there, and being driven by somebody that you wouldn’t normally associate with driving that style of car.
If you have any concerns about drug-related activity in your area please contact us on 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress. Information can be given anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.