Police in the North Leamington area have had significant successes in tackling drugs and antisocial behaviour, they have said.
At Warwick Crown Court at the start of this month, drugs courier Tobias Duncan, 36, of Perry Barr, Birmingham, was jailed for six years for two offences relating to his possession of and attempt to supply almost 11 grams of crack cocaine and almost five grams of heroin to an address in Lillington. He had been the passenger in a car which was pulled over by officers on Kenilworth Road in July last year and the drugs had been found in his underpants.
The driver Iwan Barron, 52 of Handsworth, was formally found not guilty of the two charges.
Judge Alan Parker also ordered that the £920 found on Duncan along with the drugs should be forfeited under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Jailing Duncan, Judge Parker said: “I have to sentence you for two offences involving two of the most evil and pernicious substances it would ever be possible to imagine. “
Last month the safer neighbourhood team helped Warwick District Council to evict one of its housing tenants in Lillington due to his persistent antisocial behaviour.
And last week a warrant was executed at an address in Lillington where the occupiers were permitting misuse of drugs - an action which police believe may have disrupted drugs distribution in the area.
PC Dennis Quinlan said: “The vast majority of residents are decent, hard working, law abiding people and we wish to reassure the community that we will continue to work with partner agencies and residents to target the small criminal element who are committing crime and antisocial behaviour in our communities. The corrosive effect that drug abuse and associated criminality has on our communities is well known, and we’re committed to a relentless focus on tackling the problem and targeting those involved.”