Fourteen charged in drugs operation

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Fourteen people have been charged with a total of 47 offences and a pub has had its licence suspended as part of an operation to tackle the supply of drugs in Buxton.

A total of 27 people have been arrested as part of a week of action following an operation carried out by specially trained police officers, assisted by staff from the National Crime Agency, into the supply of cocaine and mephedrone (also known as M-Cat).

Large quantities of cash, substances believed to be Class A drugs and four vehicles have also been seized.

Police arrested 27 people during warrants at a number of premises across the town.

Fourteen of those have been charged with offences including being concerned in the supply of Class A and Class B drugs.

A further nine have been released on police bail.

Detective Inspector Shaun McElheron, who led the operation, said: “The operation will continue as part of our ongoing effort to remove drugs from our town centres and minimise harm to the public.

“To be charged with offences of this nature can have a great impact on a person’s life and on their future careers and family lives and relationships.

“We will also continue to strip the assets and vehicles from anyone profiting from crime under the Proceeds of Crime Act. We will make sure that any perceived short-term gain is soon lost.”

Buxton pub Beltane, on Hall Bank, where police believe drugs were being sold, has had its licence suspended pending a full review. Magistrates closed the pub on Friday with immediate effect for 28 days under the Licensing Act 2003.

Inspector Martin Coey, who is responsible for policing in Buxton, said: “This is a serious step and highlights the importance we put on licensees and the police working together to prevent the illegal and dangerous supply of drugs within Buxton.

“We will not hesitate to review any premises that do not meet those standards.”