Police war on dealers continues despite 47 arrested in two days

Operation Erasure – 33 police raids saw 47 arrests all over Essex and London

Operation Erasure – 33 police raids saw 47 arrests all over Essex and London

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POLICE fear a drugs bust which snared 47 suspects could spark a turf war among dealers moving in to take their place.

Officers have vowed to make the ground “as slippery as possible” for ambitious dealers who have seen Operation Erasure as an opportunity to make their own mark in Southend’s drugs underworld.

Operation Erasure on Tuesday and Wednesday was one of the most successful operations in recent years, unearthing people cops believed were working together in groups across Southend, Westcliff, Laindon, Corringham and London.

Police could not confirm how many people had been charged as a result of the raids, but investigators expect most of the 47 to be charged in relation to possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.

Southend’s neighbourhood policing team has mobilised its proactive Operation Penrith team, to collect intelligence and build a profile of the “new faces” who will try to peddle drugs.

Chief Insp Simon Anslow, Southend’s district commander, said: “With that many alleged drug dealers arrested, it creates an opportunity for organisers to move in new people and the potential opportunity for people to dispute over territory.

“We are keen to make sure we get on top of that, by being visible in known areas and getting as much information as we can about new faces and understand who is where.

“I want to use our Operation Penrith team to make the ground under the drug dealers’ feet as slippery as possible.

“Where we see activity that presents a significant risk to individuals we want to make sure, as early as possible, we have the information to go in, close it down and arrest people.

“Within the organised crime network new managers may have already moved in.

“We need the public to continue to let us know what their concerns are as we build up that picture.”

Keith Kelsey, who is setting up the Residents’ Association Watch for the Kursaal ward, said: “Of course residents will be worried to hear this.

“There are normally repercussions where there are drugs. When one king pin goes another replaces him.

This is the problem, there’re always more people willing to fill that patch, but we are trying to block them.

“I would love to be in the position where anyone who comes to this area has to think twice, by way of signs put up, the way the community will grow and through the police and council’s actions.

“We are not going to take any more rubbish and if people are thinking of coming to damage our lovely town think again.

“I think people would be silly to come back to the hot spot where there’s a lot of eyes watching right now, but the police can’t take their foot off the pedal otherwise the dealers will come back.”

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1:38pm Mon 21 Jul 14

billericay boy says...

Druggies and drug dealers don't just come out on a Tuesday & Wednesday to make it work you have to out 24/7
Druggies and drug dealers don't just come out on a Tuesday & Wednesday to make it work you have to out 24/7 billericay boy
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3:30pm Mon 21 Jul 14

lucy10 says...

the dealers are now working in cluny and the flats
the dealers are now working in cluny and the flats lucy10
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3:42pm Mon 21 Jul 14

marshman says...

lucy10 wrote:
the dealers are now working in cluny and the flats
now working? wr u bin gal?
[quote][p][bold]lucy10[/bold] wrote: the dealers are now working in cluny and the flats[/p][/quote]now working? wr u bin gal? marshman
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6:05pm Mon 21 Jul 14

VeteranOfMany says...

lucy10 wrote:
the dealers are now working in cluny and the flats
Best place for them, as they might find trade a little slow in Thorpe Bay.
[quote][p][bold]lucy10[/bold] wrote: the dealers are now working in cluny and the flats[/p][/quote]Best place for them, as they might find trade a little slow in Thorpe Bay. VeteranOfMany
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6:38pm Mon 21 Jul 14

alarminstaller says...

Good job by Police.

Don't worry about them killing each other that is a good result also.
Good job by Police. Don't worry about them killing each other that is a good result also. alarminstaller
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7:31pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Bosniavet says...

Come on folks let's be realistic about this - the police are only actually doing something about this problem due to the recent (according to them non-drugs related) murder of someone who had come to Southend from London by others who had come to Southend from London. They will make a big show & round up a few dealers, most of whom will be back on the sreets peddling their wares within hours of arrest, making the money they will need to pay the fine which will be imposed many months hence when they finally appear in court. They will not be providing 24/7 foot patrols around the borough or even regular vehicle patrols in order to provide a visible deterrent. Until they start holding these dealers on remand 7 putting them up before the courts within hours of arrest, there will continue to be a problem. Jail a few for long terms (& I mean in excess of 10 years before parole) & you will then be able to tackle the problem within a few years as nobody will spend 10 years inside for the pittance they make on the street in comparision to the "untouchable" drugs lords
Come on folks let's be realistic about this - the police are only actually doing something about this problem due to the recent (according to them non-drugs related) murder of someone who had come to Southend from London by others who had come to Southend from London. They will make a big show & round up a few dealers, most of whom will be back on the sreets peddling their wares within hours of arrest, making the money they will need to pay the fine which will be imposed many months hence when they finally appear in court. They will not be providing 24/7 foot patrols around the borough or even regular vehicle patrols in order to provide a visible deterrent. Until they start holding these dealers on remand 7 putting them up before the courts within hours of arrest, there will continue to be a problem. Jail a few for long terms (& I mean in excess of 10 years before parole) & you will then be able to tackle the problem within a few years as nobody will spend 10 years inside for the pittance they make on the street in comparision to the "untouchable" drugs lords Bosniavet
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8:42pm Mon 21 Jul 14

the25man says...

lucy10 wrote:
the dealers are now working in cluny and the flats
Yes they are not new they have been operating there for sometime and are known. Go behind the garages at the back where they stash some of the gear.
I like putting stuff in the gear when I can.
Well done putting out this warning to all
[quote][p][bold]lucy10[/bold] wrote: the dealers are now working in cluny and the flats[/p][/quote]Yes they are not new they have been operating there for sometime and are known. Go behind the garages at the back where they stash some of the gear. I like putting stuff in the gear when I can. Well done putting out this warning to all the25man
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12:35pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Nebs says...

I wonder if the courts will undo all the good work of the police.
I wonder if the courts will undo all the good work of the police. Nebs
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