Sniffing for drugs
Essex Police and British Transport ran a joint operation on
Wednesday, June 16 warning drug dealers to stay away from
Six Essex Police officers, four British Transport Police officers,
and drugs dog Bella patrolled Braintree railway station, meeting
passengers arriving from London and also checking anyone leaving
Pc Jerry White, said: “Essex Police is determined to tackle drug
abuse and the criminal behaviour associated with it. The operation
is in response to community intelligence about people travelling to
Braintree to sell drugs. Essex Police is determined to crack down
on such behaviour, and warns anyone engaged in drug dealing to stay
away from our communities.”
Four-year-old drugs dog Bella is a passive indicating dog,
trained to identify any trace of controlled drugs to her handler,
British Transport Police constable Steve Madden (pictured).
The operation is in response to community
intelligence about people travelling to Braintree to sell drugs.
Pc Jerry White
British Transport Police Sergeant Paolo Boggi said: “The aim of
a partnership operation such as this is to send out a strong signal
that the carrying of drugs or offensive weapons on the railway
network will not be tolerated.
“We also hope that law-abiding passengers will be reassured by
the fact that BTP and Essex Police treat such offences seriously
and work hard to tackle them. Members of the public have the right
to travel in safety and we will do all we can to ensure they are
The operation is one of a number planned during the coming weeks
to send out the clear message that drug dealing will not be
tolerated in Braintree. No-one was found to be in possession of
drugs during the operation, and that’s the way officers would like
it to stay.
Pc Jerry White adds: “We want the word to get out to anyone
engaged in illegal activity that police will be continuing to run
operations like this, to deter people from engaging in drug dealing
or other illegal behaviour. Keep away from our communities.”
If you have any information about illegal or criminal behaviour,
please contact your neighbourhood policing team on 0300 3334444, or
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.