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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Police crack down on prison drug dealing

Three men were arrested on suspicion of drug dealing at a Cumbrian prison.

Police carried out an operation at Haverigg Prison to target and disrupt drug supply.

Three men from Manchester, aged 27, 32 and 18, were arrested in connection with the supply of controlled drugs and released on bail as a result of the operation.

Another three men from Rochdale, two aged 26 and one aged 27, were handed cannabis warnings.

And three further men were turned away from the prison due to signs of drug misuse in their vehicle.

Police said all nine men were attempting to visit prisoners at Haverigg.

The operation, codenamed Helmwind, was run by officers from the Operational Support Unit alongside the Automatic Number Plate Recognition team.

Sergeant Darren Bawden, from the Operational Support Unit, said: “We are fully supportive of the work being done by Haverigg Prison to stop drug abuse and by running operations such as these, we help to disrupt the supply into the prison.

“We will continue to run these operations periodically and hope this sends a strong message to anyone who tries to bring drugs into the area, you will be caught and brought to justice.”

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