Operation Read, a police initiative aimed at disrupting the supply of drugs to school students, has lead to officers from East Sussex prevention teams executing warrants in Lewes and Wealden. These were carried out on Thursday 15th February as part of the new operation.
In Polegate a 16-year-old boy was arrested for drugs related offences. A search led to the seizure of illicit drugs and cash to the amount of several thousand pounds.
In Seaford further arrests of a 18-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy were made. These were also for drugs offences and again several thousands pounds in cash was seized.
An Eastbourne-based youth prevention officer, PC Rachel Bourne, said: “We’re working in conjunction with prevention enforcement teams and local schools to gain intelligence regarding the supply of drugs.”
District commander Chief Inspector Anita Turner added: “These arrests were as a result of us specifically targeting those seeking to profit from the supply of drugs to vulnerable young people.
“They show that we’re committed to taking positive action wherever we can to safeguard communities against the threat and harm caused by the supply of drugs.”
Enquiries continue and the three arrested remain in police custody.
These incidents come on top of 17 drug-related arrests made in Hastings and Rother during the month of January. These offences were mainly involving heroin and crack cocaine.
Anyone with information about illicit drug-dealing is asked to report the details online or alternatively call 101.
Other options for reporting criminal activity include the Crimestoppers website or contacting the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.