Seven arrested in drugs raids in Southampton

Daily Echo: Police raid an address in Southampton as part of a drugs crackdown Police raid an address in Southampton as part of a drugs crackdown

SEVEN people were arrested as police swooped on a series of homes across Southampton as part of the ongoing crackdown against drug-related crime in the city.

Teams of officers seized a “significant amount of drugs, cash and property” when they descended on addresses in the central and eastern parts of the city yesterday afternoon, in their operation targeted at cutting violence and offending linked to dealing and the use of illegal substances.

The raids come six months into Hampshire police’s high-profile Daily Echo-backed Operation Fortress, which has seen more than 150 arrests made related to drug activity.

Officers have also seized £84,000-worth of substances and £69,000 in cash.

Yesterday’s raids, carried out after information was received from concerned members of the public, saw members of the Force Support Unit force their way into properties in Blackthorn Road, Merryoak; Bower Close, Weston; Charlie Joy Gardens, Northam; John Thorneycroft Road, Woolston; White Star Place, Chapel; Carpathia Drive, Chapel; and Victoria Road, Netley Abbey.

Sniffer dogs searched each address before teams of specialist officers also looked through the properties hunting for illegal substances, paraphernalia associated with drug taking, cash or unexpected signs of wealth that may point to money being made from dealing.

Officers also spoke to neighbours living near the targeted properties and handed out leaflets to raise awareness of the operation, which has also seen 13 people referred into drug treatment or support services.

Detective Superintendent Kath Barnes, who is leading the crackdown, said: “Operation Fortress has been running since March and it’s going really well.

“As well as all the police enforcement work, Operation Fortress is also about ensuring we’ve got the right structure in place to reduce the demand for drugs and help rebuild our communities free from the fear of drugs.

“Through our Safer Neighbourhoods teams, we’re working with local groups to help clean up communities affected by drug-dealing and the violence and antisocial behaviour that comes with it.”

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9:59am Sat 24 Nov 12

freefinker says...

.. ah, the War on Drugs.

Now in its 40th? 50th? 60th? year.

And still being lost.

Did the world learn nothing from the US prohibition of alcohol?

It would seem so.
.. ah, the War on Drugs. Now in its 40th? 50th? 60th? year. And still being lost. Did the world learn nothing from the US prohibition of alcohol? It would seem so. freefinker

10:26am Sat 24 Nov 12

downfader says...

freefinker wrote:
.. ah, the War on Drugs.

Now in its 40th? 50th? 60th? year.

And still being lost.

Did the world learn nothing from the US prohibition of alcohol?

It would seem so.
Bit of a daft statement given how these drugs are ruining people's lives. Let us not forget how alcohol has also ruined people's lives.

Whole cultures need to be challenged.
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: .. ah, the War on Drugs. Now in its 40th? 50th? 60th? year. And still being lost. Did the world learn nothing from the US prohibition of alcohol? It would seem so.[/p][/quote]Bit of a daft statement given how these drugs are ruining people's lives. Let us not forget how alcohol has also ruined people's lives. Whole cultures need to be challenged. downfader

10:57am Sat 24 Nov 12

freefinker says...

downfader wrote:
freefinker wrote:
.. ah, the War on Drugs.

Now in its 40th? 50th? 60th? year.

And still being lost.

Did the world learn nothing from the US prohibition of alcohol?

It would seem so.
Bit of a daft statement given how these drugs are ruining people's lives. Let us not forget how alcohol has also ruined people's lives.

Whole cultures need to be challenged.
Yes, alcohol and other drugs can and often do ruin people’s lives.

But it seems there is some sort of innate drive within most of us that gets pleasure from getting 'out of our heads'. It's not just modern urban society either. You only need to look at the customs of traditional tribal society (that still exist in parts of Africa, South America, New Guinea, etc.) and you will find consciousness altering/expanding substances are ritually widespread.

Banning human nature never works.

A more controlled regime is needed where this aspect of our nature is recognised but mediated for (like we attempt to do with alcohol) by protection of minors, taxation, driving regulations, etc.
[quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: .. ah, the War on Drugs. Now in its 40th? 50th? 60th? year. And still being lost. Did the world learn nothing from the US prohibition of alcohol? It would seem so.[/p][/quote]Bit of a daft statement given how these drugs are ruining people's lives. Let us not forget how alcohol has also ruined people's lives. Whole cultures need to be challenged.[/p][/quote]Yes, alcohol and other drugs can and often do ruin people’s lives. But it seems there is some sort of innate drive within most of us that gets pleasure from getting 'out of our heads'. It's not just modern urban society either. You only need to look at the customs of traditional tribal society (that still exist in parts of Africa, South America, New Guinea, etc.) and you will find consciousness altering/expanding substances are ritually widespread. Banning human nature never works. A more controlled regime is needed where this aspect of our nature is recognised but mediated for (like we attempt to do with alcohol) by protection of minors, taxation, driving regulations, etc. freefinker

12:19pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Stu J says...

freefinker wrote:
downfader wrote:
freefinker wrote:
.. ah, the War on Drugs.

Now in its 40th? 50th? 60th? year.

And still being lost.

Did the world learn nothing from the US prohibition of alcohol?

It would seem so.
Bit of a daft statement given how these drugs are ruining people's lives. Let us not forget how alcohol has also ruined people's lives.

Whole cultures need to be challenged.
Yes, alcohol and other drugs can and often do ruin people’s lives.

But it seems there is some sort of innate drive within most of us that gets pleasure from getting 'out of our heads'. It's not just modern urban society either. You only need to look at the customs of traditional tribal society (that still exist in parts of Africa, South America, New Guinea, etc.) and you will find consciousness altering/expanding substances are ritually widespread.

Banning human nature never works.

A more controlled regime is needed where this aspect of our nature is recognised but mediated for (like we attempt to do with alcohol) by protection of minors, taxation, driving regulations, etc.
Freefinker...
"Banning human nature never works"

I couldn't agree more but in our nature we also have logic and self preservation and these two seem to go rapidly out the window when people get addicted to things.
Drug usage seems to be too much of a taboo subject amongst many so the general population doesn't really have any idea about it. The whole country needs to refresh it's policies just like you said in your last paragraph.

I've always found it bizarre how they manage to make naturally growing things like mushrooms and weed illegal yet condone so much of the unnatural food and drink with nasty additives that is available anywhere.
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: .. ah, the War on Drugs. Now in its 40th? 50th? 60th? year. And still being lost. Did the world learn nothing from the US prohibition of alcohol? It would seem so.[/p][/quote]Bit of a daft statement given how these drugs are ruining people's lives. Let us not forget how alcohol has also ruined people's lives. Whole cultures need to be challenged.[/p][/quote]Yes, alcohol and other drugs can and often do ruin people’s lives. But it seems there is some sort of innate drive within most of us that gets pleasure from getting 'out of our heads'. It's not just modern urban society either. You only need to look at the customs of traditional tribal society (that still exist in parts of Africa, South America, New Guinea, etc.) and you will find consciousness altering/expanding substances are ritually widespread. Banning human nature never works. A more controlled regime is needed where this aspect of our nature is recognised but mediated for (like we attempt to do with alcohol) by protection of minors, taxation, driving regulations, etc.[/p][/quote]Freefinker... "Banning human nature never works" I couldn't agree more but in our nature we also have logic and self preservation and these two seem to go rapidly out the window when people get addicted to things. Drug usage seems to be too much of a taboo subject amongst many so the general population doesn't really have any idea about it. The whole country needs to refresh it's policies just like you said in your last paragraph. I've always found it bizarre how they manage to make naturally growing things like mushrooms and weed illegal yet condone so much of the unnatural food and drink with nasty additives that is available anywhere. Stu J

12:54pm Sat 24 Nov 12

downfader says...

freefinker wrote:
downfader wrote:
freefinker wrote:
.. ah, the War on Drugs.

Now in its 40th? 50th? 60th? year.

And still being lost.

Did the world learn nothing from the US prohibition of alcohol?

It would seem so.
Bit of a daft statement given how these drugs are ruining people's lives. Let us not forget how alcohol has also ruined people's lives.

Whole cultures need to be challenged.
Yes, alcohol and other drugs can and often do ruin people’s lives.

But it seems there is some sort of innate drive within most of us that gets pleasure from getting 'out of our heads'. It's not just modern urban society either. You only need to look at the customs of traditional tribal society (that still exist in parts of Africa, South America, New Guinea, etc.) and you will find consciousness altering/expanding substances are ritually widespread.

Banning human nature never works.

A more controlled regime is needed where this aspect of our nature is recognised but mediated for (like we attempt to do with alcohol) by protection of minors, taxation, driving regulations, etc.
Tribal experimentation with drugs is not for self-gratification but a desire to further their knowledge/experience
. It isnt an escape, its because they know little about the mind, the substances and attribute things to gods where we attribute them to science, biology, chemistry.

We as a western society are different. We use drugs recreationally, as a mask or shield from our problems. In reality we should be dealing with those problems

However - there are evil people out there who will prey on our weakness. These are the people the Police have targeted. These people will lie to us. They will tell us "its ok" and that despite the law we should be doing this. No-one will be "banning human nature" where we as a society tackle these predators.
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: .. ah, the War on Drugs. Now in its 40th? 50th? 60th? year. And still being lost. Did the world learn nothing from the US prohibition of alcohol? It would seem so.[/p][/quote]Bit of a daft statement given how these drugs are ruining people's lives. Let us not forget how alcohol has also ruined people's lives. Whole cultures need to be challenged.[/p][/quote]Yes, alcohol and other drugs can and often do ruin people’s lives. But it seems there is some sort of innate drive within most of us that gets pleasure from getting 'out of our heads'. It's not just modern urban society either. You only need to look at the customs of traditional tribal society (that still exist in parts of Africa, South America, New Guinea, etc.) and you will find consciousness altering/expanding substances are ritually widespread. Banning human nature never works. A more controlled regime is needed where this aspect of our nature is recognised but mediated for (like we attempt to do with alcohol) by protection of minors, taxation, driving regulations, etc.[/p][/quote]Tribal experimentation with drugs is not for self-gratification but a desire to further their knowledge/experience . It isnt an escape, its because they know little about the mind, the substances and attribute things to gods where we attribute them to science, biology, chemistry. We as a western society are different. We use drugs recreationally, as a mask or shield from our problems. In reality we should be dealing with those problems However - there are evil people out there who will prey on our weakness. These are the people the Police have targeted. These people will lie to us. They will tell us "its ok" and that despite the law we should be doing this. No-one will be "banning human nature" where we as a society tackle these predators. downfader

12:55pm Sat 24 Nov 12

peenut81 says...

Operation Fortress, keeping the self made drug dealers off the streets so the king pins who bribe customs and police officers can put their prices up even higher.
Drugs are a pain for society precisely because they are unregulated and illegal.
Don't want drug dealers living next door on your estate? A licensed drug pharmacy would be based elsewhere. Support a change in the law. Don't want your kids experiment with drugs? Support a change in the law, drug dealers don't ask for i.d a pharmacist would have to.
Sick of prostitution, gun crime and drug related violence? Support a change in the law.
Before anyone tries to argue drugs are dangerous/bad, i won't necessarily disagree but controlling substances at least reduces the social harm.
Operation Fortress, keeping the self made drug dealers off the streets so the king pins who bribe customs and police officers can put their prices up even higher. Drugs are a pain for society precisely because they are unregulated and illegal. Don't want drug dealers living next door on your estate? A licensed drug pharmacy would be based elsewhere. Support a change in the law. Don't want your kids experiment with drugs? Support a change in the law, drug dealers don't ask for i.d a pharmacist would have to. Sick of prostitution, gun crime and drug related violence? Support a change in the law. Before anyone tries to argue drugs are dangerous/bad, i won't necessarily disagree but controlling substances at least reduces the social harm. peenut81

9:29am Sun 25 Nov 12

Safehands says...

It's a disgusting industry that should never be legitimised.
Keep going after the scum who make money out of it. Lock them up for a long time.
Despite somes perceived idea of 'human nature', I've never felt the need to take these disgusting substances and I'm sure I'm not alone.
It's a disgusting industry that should never be legitimised. Keep going after the scum who make money out of it. Lock them up for a long time. Despite somes perceived idea of 'human nature', I've never felt the need to take these disgusting substances and I'm sure I'm not alone. Safehands

6:40pm Sun 25 Nov 12

kingnotail says...

Legalise, control, tax, and end the cycle of crime and violence. The 'war on drugs' was lost before it even began.
Legalise, control, tax, and end the cycle of crime and violence. The 'war on drugs' was lost before it even began. kingnotail

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