Two men have been arrested as part of a major operation to crackdown on the supply of a class B drug known locally as Monkey Dust after officers raided two houses in Stoke-on-Trent this morning (17 April 2019).
Two addresses, one on Rochester Road in Longton and one on Burt Street in Weston Coyney, were raided just after 7am this morning and class B drugs, mobile phones, cash and a baton were seized
The operation is part of Staffordshire Police’s commitment to tackling the supply and distribution of the drug across the county.
A 48-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of importation of drugs, supply of drugs and money laundering. A 26-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of money laundering and possession of controlled drugs with intent to supply. Both remain in custody.
Superintendent Martin Brereton, Head of Neighbourhood Policing, said: “These significant arrests have come from an extensive investigation by our officers and is part of our partnership commitment to disrupting the supply and distribution of the drug known locally as Monkey Dust.
“A multi-agency partnership is in place to tackle the issue across Staffordshire and we’re continuing to work together to tackle the issue head-on.
“I would ask that anyone that wants to report activity about the supply of drugs in their local area to call 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
A spokesperson for Stoke City Council said: “Our partnership work, including enforcement action like today’s by Staffordshire Police, to help those who are impacted by illegal drugs is paying off. We are working to combat the use of the drug in the city, which causes untold harm and damage to our communities, and that is extremely positive for Stoke-on-Trent. Anyone who wants help locally should contact 01782 283113 for support.”