Last week Police worked in partnership with Portsmouth City Council, The Recovery Hub, UK Border Force, MOD police and the Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Joint Operations Unit to visit addresses – and carry out proactive patrols – in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas to disrupt drugs supply.
The two days of action, on Thursday and Friday (Dec 1 and 2), resulted in a number of arrests for various offences:
A 17-year-old boy from Portsmouth arrested on suspicion of conspire to supply Class A controlled drug and attempt to conceal / disguised / converted / transferred / remove criminal property. He has been bailed until Feb 2, 2017.
Abdul-Hakim Hubahimfura, 22, from Elphinstone Road, Southsea, charged with possess knife blade / sharp pointed article in a public place. He has been bailed to appear at South East Hants Magistrates Court on December 20.
David Boam, 49, charged with attempt theft from shop and use threatening / abusive / insulting words / behaviour to cause harassment / alarm / distress. He was due to appear at South East Hants Magistrates Court on December 2.
A 17-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of burglary dwelling and theft and theft – other – including theft by finding. He has been bailed until January 5, 2017.
A 31-year-old man from Portsmouth arrested on suspicion of being in charge of vehicle whilst unfit through drugs. He has been bailed until January 30, 2017.
A 39-year-old man from Portsmouth arrested on suspicion of five counts of make off without making payment. He has been bailed until January 6, 2017.
Bogdan Duda, 35, from Newcome Road, Fratton, was arrested for an out of force failing to appear warrant. He appeared at Nottingham Court on December 3.
Lee Verinder, 35, arrested for 2 x out of force failing to appear warrants. He appeared at Liverpool Magistrates Court on December 5.
Drug warrants were also undertaken in Portsmouth on Tuesday (Nov 29). As a result of those, the following related and unrelated action was taken:
A 16-year-old boy from Portsmouth was arrested on suspicion on acquire / us / possess criminal property and conspire to supply a Class A controlled drug. He was bailed until February 21, 2017.
A 47-year-old man from Portsmouth was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in offer to supply cocaine. He was bailed until February 21, 2017.
A 50-year-old man from Portsmouth was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class A. He has been bailed until February 7, 2017.
Robert Gray, 35, of Liverpool Road, Fratton, was charged with assault a person thereby occasioning them actual bodily harm and criminal damage to property under £5,000. He was due to appear at South East Hants Magistrates Court on November 30.
Chief Inspector Jim Pegler said: “These three days of well-resourced patrols and warrants are part of our ongoing proactive Op Fortress work, to tackle drug dealing and its associated violence in Portsmouth.
“Some arrests were not drug-related, however when we come across any criminal activity, it will always be dealt with appropriately.
“We will continue to disrupt drug dealers’ activities and reduce the demand for them in the city; we are determined that people who bring drugs into Portsmouth feel that they are at constant risk of being stopped, arrested and generally disrupted.
“Drugs like crack cocaine and heroin do tremendous harm to the people whose lives are blighted by addiction. The gangs that sell these drugs often exploit vulnerable people as part of their business, including using children to run drugs or by taking over the homes of vulnerable people to deal from.
“We are sending a clear, strong message that we will identify the networks that cause the most harm and dismantle them. We will be relentless in tackling people who bring this misery to Portsmouth and we will continue to work in partnership to protect vulnerable people and children.”
Operation Fortress is a campaign to reduce the harm of drug-related violence. One of the aims is to restrict the supply of Class A 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, call police on 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress. You can also email us in confidence: [email protected] If you don’t want to speak to the police directly, you can call the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 500 111.