Seven arrests in major police drugs operation as search continues in Thornhill

Arrests as police continue to search woodland

Arrests as police continue to search woodland

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Police are today continuing to question seven people arrested as part of a major drugs operation in Hampshire.

Daily Echo:

The four men and three women were arrested as police searched woodland on the outskirts of Southampton.

Specialist teams scoured Netley Common in Thornhill for evidence since Friday night as part of the operation.

Daily Echo:

Officers swooped on three addresses - in Thornhill, Botley and Portsmouth -  as part of the anti-drug crime drive Operation Fortress.

The seven suspects, who are aged between 17 and 50 and are all from Hampshire, are currently being questioned by police.

 

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: “The search is a line of enquiry to locate potential evidence linked to illegal drugs and substance misuse across Hampshire.

Daily Echo:

"We would like to reassure local residents and visitors that there is no threat to their safety. This specific search is not looking for suspects or human evidence."

Operation Fortress is a Daily Echo-backed campaign attempting to crack down on drug-related violence in the city.

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5:04pm Sat 21 Jun 14

vag says...

Southampton may have the demand, but our coppers are second to none at stopping the supply. Long may it continue. We need to make sure Southampton isn't seen as a soft option for drug gangs.
Southampton may have the demand, but our coppers are second to none at stopping the supply. Long may it continue. We need to make sure Southampton isn't seen as a soft option for drug gangs. vag
  • Score: 45

7:14pm Sat 21 Jun 14

kaido says...

vag wrote:
Southampton may have the demand, but our coppers are second to none at stopping the supply. Long may it continue. We need to make sure Southampton isn't seen as a soft option for drug gangs.
Time to regulate and control the supply of drugs, especially softer drugs like cannabis. Follow the examples set by Uruguay, Colorado, Washington and Holland. Only then will we have any real control over the supply. Stop wasting police time and resources on something less harmful than beer.
[quote][p][bold]vag[/bold] wrote: Southampton may have the demand, but our coppers are second to none at stopping the supply. Long may it continue. We need to make sure Southampton isn't seen as a soft option for drug gangs.[/p][/quote]Time to regulate and control the supply of drugs, especially softer drugs like cannabis. Follow the examples set by Uruguay, Colorado, Washington and Holland. Only then will we have any real control over the supply. Stop wasting police time and resources on something less harmful than beer. kaido
  • Score: -25

10:35pm Sat 21 Jun 14

JUPITER1 says...

kaido wrote:
vag wrote:
Southampton may have the demand, but our coppers are second to none at stopping the supply. Long may it continue. We need to make sure Southampton isn't seen as a soft option for drug gangs.
Time to regulate and control the supply of drugs, especially softer drugs like cannabis. Follow the examples set by Uruguay, Colorado, Washington and Holland. Only then will we have any real control over the supply. Stop wasting police time and resources on something less harmful than beer.
I agree Kaido, It's happening all over not just Southampton. We all have our vices no matter what they are but proper sensible control & regulation on drugs is the only way forward !!
[quote][p][bold]kaido[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vag[/bold] wrote: Southampton may have the demand, but our coppers are second to none at stopping the supply. Long may it continue. We need to make sure Southampton isn't seen as a soft option for drug gangs.[/p][/quote]Time to regulate and control the supply of drugs, especially softer drugs like cannabis. Follow the examples set by Uruguay, Colorado, Washington and Holland. Only then will we have any real control over the supply. Stop wasting police time and resources on something less harmful than beer.[/p][/quote]I agree Kaido, It's happening all over not just Southampton. We all have our vices no matter what they are but proper sensible control & regulation on drugs is the only way forward !! JUPITER1
  • Score: -8

7:39am Sun 22 Jun 14

mickey01 says...

kaido wrote:
vag wrote:
Southampton may have the demand, but our coppers are second to none at stopping the supply. Long may it continue. We need to make sure Southampton isn't seen as a soft option for drug gangs.
Time to regulate and control the supply of drugs, especially softer drugs like cannabis. Follow the examples set by Uruguay, Colorado, Washington and Holland. Only then will we have any real control over the supply. Stop wasting police time and resources on something less harmful than beer.
It should be legalised i doubt if there is anyone who doesn't know some one who uses it nowadays be it a relative or in my case a neighbour and i can tell you that i would rather have them next door on that than some of the noisey **** heads a few doors down who cause nothing but grief
[quote][p][bold]kaido[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vag[/bold] wrote: Southampton may have the demand, but our coppers are second to none at stopping the supply. Long may it continue. We need to make sure Southampton isn't seen as a soft option for drug gangs.[/p][/quote]Time to regulate and control the supply of drugs, especially softer drugs like cannabis. Follow the examples set by Uruguay, Colorado, Washington and Holland. Only then will we have any real control over the supply. Stop wasting police time and resources on something less harmful than beer.[/p][/quote]It should be legalised i doubt if there is anyone who doesn't know some one who uses it nowadays be it a relative or in my case a neighbour and i can tell you that i would rather have them next door on that than some of the noisey **** heads a few doors down who cause nothing but grief mickey01
  • Score: -6

1:31pm Sun 22 Jun 14

imspacedout says...

Raids do not stop the supply of drugs; period. They take an amount of a drug off of the streets for more to come along and replace it. Anyone with access to a drug will maintain that access one way or another. The only way to stop use of harmful drugs is to focus on addressing issues such as poverty rather than look to punish people who choose to use a substance that damages their health. Safe, beneficial drugs such as cannabis should not be treated the same as the likes of heroin.
Raids do not stop the supply of drugs; period. They take an amount of a drug off of the streets for more to come along and replace it. Anyone with access to a drug will maintain that access one way or another. The only way to stop use of harmful drugs is to focus on addressing issues such as poverty rather than look to punish people who choose to use a substance that damages their health. Safe, beneficial drugs such as cannabis should not be treated the same as the likes of heroin. imspacedout
  • Score: -5

6:47pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Reality-man says...

imspacedout wrote:
Raids do not stop the supply of drugs; period. They take an amount of a drug off of the streets for more to come along and replace it. Anyone with access to a drug will maintain that access one way or another. The only way to stop use of harmful drugs is to focus on addressing issues such as poverty rather than look to punish people who choose to use a substance that damages their health. Safe, beneficial drugs such as cannabis should not be treated the same as the likes of heroin.
'Safe beneficial drugs'?? Clueless!
[quote][p][bold]imspacedout[/bold] wrote: Raids do not stop the supply of drugs; period. They take an amount of a drug off of the streets for more to come along and replace it. Anyone with access to a drug will maintain that access one way or another. The only way to stop use of harmful drugs is to focus on addressing issues such as poverty rather than look to punish people who choose to use a substance that damages their health. Safe, beneficial drugs such as cannabis should not be treated the same as the likes of heroin.[/p][/quote]'Safe beneficial drugs'?? Clueless! Reality-man
  • Score: 4

6:51pm Sun 22 Jun 14

sally208 says...

If your so-called 'soft drugs' are legalised they will lose their appeal to the majority of users as the reason they use them is to get one over the authorities. What will happen then I wonder - maybe they will use 'harder drugs' to gain the same status amongst their mates?
If your so-called 'soft drugs' are legalised they will lose their appeal to the majority of users as the reason they use them is to get one over the authorities. What will happen then I wonder - maybe they will use 'harder drugs' to gain the same status amongst their mates? sally208
  • Score: 5

9:13pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Shmoo says...

It has been proved that cannabis is a safe and beneficial drug for most illness's... It is however not good for people that are already paranoid or have mental health issues in certain life situations...
Pull your head out of 'government control' and live in the real world...
I do not promote hard drugs! I also don't promote alcohol or tobacco, both of which have killed millions!
cannabis has never killed anyone!
The problem the person had killed them.........
It has been proved that cannabis is a safe and beneficial drug for most illness's... It is however not good for people that are already paranoid or have mental health issues in certain life situations... Pull your head out of 'government control' and live in the real world... I do not promote hard drugs! I also don't promote alcohol or tobacco, both of which have killed millions! cannabis has never killed anyone! The problem the person had killed them......... Shmoo
  • Score: -7

9:18pm Sun 22 Jun 14

imspacedout says...

Reality-man wrote:
imspacedout wrote:
Raids do not stop the supply of drugs; period. They take an amount of a drug off of the streets for more to come along and replace it. Anyone with access to a drug will maintain that access one way or another. The only way to stop use of harmful drugs is to focus on addressing issues such as poverty rather than look to punish people who choose to use a substance that damages their health. Safe, beneficial drugs such as cannabis should not be treated the same as the likes of heroin.
'Safe beneficial drugs'?? Clueless!
There is no safer drug than cannabis in terms of the compounds within it as their effects on the body are solely positive. Slight risk comes from smoking but even that is minimal and non-cancer causing because the medicinal compounds deactivate any carcinogens from the burning of it.
[quote][p][bold]Reality-man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]imspacedout[/bold] wrote: Raids do not stop the supply of drugs; period. They take an amount of a drug off of the streets for more to come along and replace it. Anyone with access to a drug will maintain that access one way or another. The only way to stop use of harmful drugs is to focus on addressing issues such as poverty rather than look to punish people who choose to use a substance that damages their health. Safe, beneficial drugs such as cannabis should not be treated the same as the likes of heroin.[/p][/quote]'Safe beneficial drugs'?? Clueless![/p][/quote]There is no safer drug than cannabis in terms of the compounds within it as their effects on the body are solely positive. Slight risk comes from smoking but even that is minimal and non-cancer causing because the medicinal compounds deactivate any carcinogens from the burning of it. imspacedout
  • Score: -7

9:21pm Sun 22 Jun 14

imspacedout says...

sally208 wrote:
If your so-called 'soft drugs' are legalised they will lose their appeal to the majority of users as the reason they use them is to get one over the authorities. What will happen then I wonder - maybe they will use 'harder drugs' to gain the same status amongst their mates?
Not at all; in American states which have legalized cannabis sales have been booming and generated many tax dollars. Besides that, people use the likes of cannabis medicinally and spiritually as well as for inspiration and recreation (enjoyment) - they use it despite them being illegal because of this but I seriously doubt anyone takes any drug whether safe or harmful purely to "get one over" on authorities who harass them. I wonder if you would say the same during alcohol prohibition which was not long ago.
[quote][p][bold]sally208[/bold] wrote: If your so-called 'soft drugs' are legalised they will lose their appeal to the majority of users as the reason they use them is to get one over the authorities. What will happen then I wonder - maybe they will use 'harder drugs' to gain the same status amongst their mates?[/p][/quote]Not at all; in American states which have legalized cannabis sales have been booming and generated many tax dollars. Besides that, people use the likes of cannabis medicinally and spiritually as well as for inspiration and recreation (enjoyment) - they use it despite them being illegal because of this but I seriously doubt anyone takes any drug whether safe or harmful purely to "get one over" on authorities who harass them. I wonder if you would say the same during alcohol prohibition which was not long ago. imspacedout
  • Score: -5

9:23pm Sun 22 Jun 14

imspacedout says...

Shmoo wrote:
It has been proved that cannabis is a safe and beneficial drug for most illness's... It is however not good for people that are already paranoid or have mental health issues in certain life situations...
Pull your head out of 'government control' and live in the real world...
I do not promote hard drugs! I also don't promote alcohol or tobacco, both of which have killed millions!
cannabis has never killed anyone!
The problem the person had killed them.........
Most "paranoia" and "mental heath issues" are linked to depression which cannabis can help relieve. Any paranoia related to smoking it comes from the risk of arrest or worries about what others would say, such as if being told previously that it's harmful or going to send them crazy.
[quote][p][bold]Shmoo[/bold] wrote: It has been proved that cannabis is a safe and beneficial drug for most illness's... It is however not good for people that are already paranoid or have mental health issues in certain life situations... Pull your head out of 'government control' and live in the real world... I do not promote hard drugs! I also don't promote alcohol or tobacco, both of which have killed millions! cannabis has never killed anyone! The problem the person had killed them.........[/p][/quote]Most "paranoia" and "mental heath issues" are linked to depression which cannabis can help relieve. Any paranoia related to smoking it comes from the risk of arrest or worries about what others would say, such as if being told previously that it's harmful or going to send them crazy. imspacedout
  • Score: -6

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