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Arrest made in Operation Target, Carbon Reduction Steps in Newcastle

Written by on 28 May 2024

Officers from Staffordshire Police have arrested a suspected drug dealer and seized around £10,000-worth of crack cocaine and heroin, thousands of pounds in cash and phones believed to be linked to dealing in Stoke-on-Trent.

Last Friday officers from the major and organised crime proactive teams forced entry and searched a property in Etruria.
They found heroin and crack cocaine, £4,000 cash and two mobile phones  – including a suspected main drug line, believed to be used to co-ordinate drug deals.
A 38-year-old man, from Wales, has been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a class A drug.

Detective Sergeant Rich Hudson, from the major and organised crime team, said: “We are determined to target and disrupt any drug activity in our communities, especially county lines dealing, which has a devastating impact on the people of Staffordshire.”
The activity follows our ongoing commitment to proactively target serious and organised crime across Staffordshire.

Operation Target was launched in May last year and officers have been working to disrupt and pursue criminals who plan, organise and commit serious criminal offences across the county, including drug supply, illegal firearms, knife crime, human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

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Reducing carbon use while saving taxpayers’ money is part of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council’s next steps on its green agenda.

Targeting its largest energy-using buildings is part of Newcastle’s updated Sustainable Environment Strategy, moving towards net carbon zero by 2030, having already reduced carbon emissions by 43 per cent since 2019.

Focusing on some of Newcastle’s largest users of energy, such as J2, Brampton museum, the crematorium and depot, will make a significant difference to carbon emissions and will reduce energy costs at the same time.

Work includes upgrading walls, windows and roofs, installing solar panels and LED lighting, modernising heating systems and the long term move towards powering the crematorium with green energy.