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Merstham arrest amid county-wide two-day crackdown on criminals
3:58pm Monday 14th October 2013 in Local News
A two-day crackdown on criminals across Surrey saw police arrest a man in Merstham on suspicion of possession of class A drugs.
The arrest, following the execution of a warrant at an address off Malmstone Avenue, came amid a concerted drive mounted by Surrey Police, called Operation Kirkos.
The Force operation focused on disrupting the supply of class A and class B drugs and reducing serious crime.
Police officers executed 43 warrants and arrested 39 people, while also seizing a substantial quantity of suspected drugs and property.
The early morning raids, which took place on Tuesday, October 1, and Thursday, October 3, involved about 130 officers on the Tuesday, and around 150 officers on the Thursday.
More than 40 addresses were searched.
A Surrey Police spokesman said: “The operation was mounted as a continued crackdown on the supply of drugs within local communities, and the anti-social behaviour and serious and acquisitive crime associated with drug dealing, such as burglary, theft and handling stolen goods.”
Arrests were made at addresses including in Hersham, Ash Vale, Walton-on-Thames and Oxted.
Though most of those arrested were for suspected drugs offences, one person was arrested on suspicion of immigration offences following a warrant at a business address in Badshot Lea Road in Farnham, and officers from Surrey Police's Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT) also arrested two people on the Thursday on suspicion of online offences.
The spokesman said the 49-year-old man arrested on suspicion of possession of class A drugs in Merstham was later issued with a fixed penalty notice for wasting police time.
The spokesman said: “A number of people have been charged and others bailed while enquiries continue.”
People who need help with substance misuse, or who know someone else who needs help, should call the Southern Addiction Advisory Service on 01483 590150, or Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care on 01483 300112.