‘Operation Nemesis’ has delivered an avalanche of arrests in Staffordshire over the past few days.
The code name covers the county police force’s ongoing targeting of criminals bent on drug dealing.
On Tuesday (July 19), drugs and weapons were found following the arrest of a 27-year-old man, in Stoneydelph, Tamworth.
Junior Codagon was taken into custody at around 3.45pm. He had in his possession a bladed weapon, cannabis, cash and three mobile phones.
A search of the property he had been using turned up a quantity of Class A drugs and a set of scales.
A search of his home, in Chelsea Court, Adeon Avenue, Birmingham, yielded firearms and live and blank ammunition.
He has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and possession with intent to supply a controlled Class A drug (crack cocaine).
Codagon has also been charged with possession of a controlled Class B drug and possession with intent to supply a controlled Class A drug (heroin).
On the A38
On Wednesday (July 20), at around 4.15pm, a 35-year-old man was arrested as he travelled towards Tamworth along the A38, in a black Honda Civic.
Officers seized Class A drugs, a bladed implement and two mobile phones.
The driver, from the Aston area of Birmingham, was arrested on suspicion of drug and weapon offences.
Earlier on Wednesday, at around 2.30pm, three more people were taken into custody when police struck at the Stafford services, on the M6.
When they stopped a white VW Touran, they discovered cannabis, a metal bar, a bladed implement, mobile phones and £2,700 in cash.
Two men aged 32 years old, and one aged 28, were arrested at the scene on suspicion of weapons and drugs offences. They remain in custody.
Two of the men live in the Wolverhampton area.
The other, from Walsall, was also arrested on suspicion of drug driving.
Community is key
One of the keys to ‘Operation Nemesis’s success is the information the police receive from within the communities the criminals target.
This priceless flow of intelligence enables officers to keep drugs off the streets and save people’s lives.
Detective Sergeant Jon Bradbury, said: “We’re committed to targeting criminals who think they can travel to places such as Tamworth and deal their drugs.
“These offences are right up there are far as we are concerned – this is exactly why ‘Operation Nemesis’ was created.”
DS Bradbury issued a plea to people to tell the police if they thought drugs were being dealt in their neighbourhoods.
All they need do is ring Staffordshire Police, on 101.
People worried about revealing their identities can ring the crime-fighting charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.
Or they they can use Crimestoppers’ online form.
Either way, no personal details are taken, information cannot be traced, or recorded, and callers will not go to court.