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Operation Shark - Launch

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Today we are launching Operation Shark, an initiative by the SOJP to target and arrest those criminals involved in the supply of drugs – often linked to organised crime within our community.

Operation Shark seeks to adopt a zero tolerance approach to illicit drugs – we have a dedicated team of officers focussing purely on drug enforcement in the coming weeks. If you are supplying or involved in the distribution of drugs don’t be surprised to get a rude awakening one morning by officers from SoJP.

Since Sunday:

  • We’ve executed a number of warrants under the Misuse of Drugs (Jersey) Law.
  • We’ve arrested 13 people aged between 17 and 43 years old.
  • Two men have been charged and have appeared in court - 19 year old Rorey Allo and 38 year old Stephen Bates.
  • We’ve seized cash - potential proceeds of drug dealing and various drugs including MDMA and cannabis.

Chief Inspector Mark Hafey who is leading this operation said: “The supply, distribution and use of illicit controlled drugs across our island community does untold damage, including to our children and young people – often fatal, as we saw last weekend, following the tragic death of a 19 year old man – the second drug related death in the last six months.

“We need the public’s help with this, you know your community and you know when something doesn’t look right. Your eyes and ears can be more far reaching than ours, if you hear or see anything suspicious please call us. Information from the public is vital and your call could be instrumental in helping us to protect a vulnerable person or disrupt the supply of drugs within our community.”

Save our number in your phone 01534 612612 and call up to report anything you suspect may be drug related. If you’d rather remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The reality is that controlled drugs put a strain on our health services and our economy and can tear apart families. It is our job to protect Jersey from these threats.

Our message to drug dealers is clear: We will catch you and you will pay dearly.

 

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