[UPDATE 13/6/13 – Ongoing operation – scroll to the bottom for latest Operation Intrusive arrests!]
Three local men were arrested in dawn raids yesterday morning (Tues 11th June) as part of West Midlands Police’s Operation Intrusive. A further five local men were arrested on Thursday as part of the same operation.
Operation Intrusive aimed to turn the tables on drug dealers and burglars. On Tuesday morning, 100 officers carried out raids across the city. The operation was months in the planning and follows a flurry of tip-offs from members of the public who refuse to put-up with criminals living and operating in their neighbourhood.
Seven men were arrested in the raids, bringing the total number of arrests across the city to 16 – 8 of them in the local area.
Thursday’s arrests included a 37 year old man from Longbridge who was charged with conspiracy to supply heroin, conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and conspiracy to handle stolen property. He was remanded in custody at court.
Also arrested and bailed on Thursday were four local men charged with conspiracy to handle stolen property – a 33 year old from Longbridge, a 24 year old from Rubery and and 27 year old and a 48 year old both from Northfield.
And yesterday’s raids saw a 28 year old from Longbridge and a 24 year old from Frankley questioned by detectives over the supply of drugs. A 21-year-old man from West Heath arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and theft after a search of his home uncovered stripped metal.
West Midlands Police Detective Chief Inspector Alan Simmonds is leading the operation. He said: “It’s not just burglars we’re targeting but also those who fuel crime by handling stolen goods and drug dealers who get people hooked and indirectly encourage users to commit offences to feed their addiction.
“Increasingly, people are telling us they won’t quietly put up with dealers and thieves in their communities; no-one should accept this type of criminality on their doorstep. We’re listening to people’s concerns, acting on the information they provide and together are removing offenders from neighbourhoods.”
Chief Inspector Simmonds said: “Anyone suspecting criminality in their neighbourhood should contact us on the 101 police number so we can take action.”
More arrests are being reported today – from warrants executed simultaneously this morning – will update here as we get more info:
1. A 48 year old man has been arrested from an address of Redditch Road, Kings Norton. Arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis and conspiracy to supply class A drugs. Another man (45) at the address was arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis.
2. Brightstone Road, Frankley – 1 of 2 addresses: 31 year old woman arrested on suspicion of conspiring to supply class A drugs. Suspected heroin and crack cocaine was recovered by officers. A 43 year old man was also arrested at this address on suspicion of possessing a class A drug (crack cocaine).
3. Brightstone Road, Frankley – 2 of 2 addresses: 40 year old woman and a man were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to supply class A drugs.
4. Warrant on Ashill Road, Rednal – 34 year old man later arrested in Alvechurch, on suspicion of conspiring to possess class A drugs
5. Last of today’s Operation Intrusive warrants was in Dartmoor Close, Frankley. Suspect was out – but arrested at Brightstone Road address during a simultaneous raid!