Police warn of more drug busts in Bodmin
A SERIES of drug raids in Bodmin will not be the last with the local police chief warning he will continue to target heroin dealers.
One of the people arrested on suspicion of supplying heroin in the raids last Wednesday was a 17-year-old girl from Bodmin.
Officers also searched the Cat and Fiddle pub looking for stolen property and have said they will be applying to close it down for the second time within two years.
Around 80 officers from Cornwall and Devon were involved in Operation Minnis, which was centred on Bodmin, but also targeted addresses in St Austell, Par, St Columb and St Ives.
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In Bodmin, a 50-year-old was arrested on suspicion of supplying amphetamine.
One male, aged 42, and one female, aged 23, were arrested on suspicion of supplying heroin.
A 17-year-old girl was arrested on suspicion of supplying heroin.
A 39-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted handling of stolen goods.
A 22-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of attempted handling of stolen goods.
Inspector Robin Hogg, who is in charge of policing in the Bodmin and Wadebridge area, said the operation had been very effective.
"We have made a large impact on the supply of heroin within Bodmin, and a number of dealers have been taken out," he said.
"We will continue to target heroin dealers and plan more search warrants in the near future.
"People who deal in drugs can expect me to be calling at their front door."
Mr Hogg said the police would be taking action against the Cat and Fiddle pub, which was closed in February 2011, following a raid.
In June of that year, its operating licence was revoked by Cornwall Council's licensing committee but it was allowed to reopen a few months later under new management.
"I am looking to invite the licensing authority to review the pub licence at the Cat and Fiddle with a view to closing it with immediate effect," said the inspector.
In total police identified more than 50 offences relating to possession of drugs, supply of Class A and B drugs, handling offences and money laundering offences during Operation Minnis.
Mr Hogg said: "More than 80 officers from all over the force were brought together to provide a decisive, co- ordinated response to the supply of drugs and handling stolen goods.
"Both of these issues have significant impact on the communities we police and the enforcement action is intended to send a clear message to those involved that these activities will not be tolerated in our society.
"Police have been gathering intelligence about the supply of drugs in the Bodmin area for a significant time and the warrants have resulted from that process."
In April, five members of a Bodmin family received jail sentences for trafficking heroin into Cornwall.