Saturday, August 13, 2005

Police clamp down on drug activities

Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP) carried out an operation to curb anti-social behaviour on Thursday August 11th which resulted in the arrest of six local youths for various drug related offences.

As part of the operation codenamed “Horatio,” search warrants were executed at residences around Gibraltar and eight vehicles were searched.

Mobile phones were also seized as part of the investigation together with paraphernalia “associated with the supply and consumption of the drugs.”

An RGP spokesman said a 17 year old youth had been arrested and charged with (i) unlawful possession of approximately 282 grams of Cannabis Resin and (ii) possession with intent to supply approx 280 grams of Cannabis.

Another youth was arrested and charged with possession of ten grams of Herbal Cannabis and also possession of approximately two grams of Cannabis Resin.

A third youth was arrested and charged with possession of 1.5 grams of Cannabis Resin, while the fourth was arrested for (i) Obstructing Police under the Drugs (Misuse) Ordinance, (ii) possession of approximately 83 grams of Cannabis Resin, (iii) possession with intent to supply approx 80 grams of Cannabis Resin.

The youths were bailed to appear at the Magistrates Court.

The RGP spokesman said:

“Another man was arrested on suspicion of knowingly being concerned in the unlawful supply of controlled drugs. He is currently on police bail as investigations continue.

A sixth man was arrested for possession of a small amount of Cannabis Resin and is also currently on police bail.

In connection with the same operation by the Community Safety Unit of the RGP, a further five persons were stopped, searched and released with no charges being preferred against them.

Officers from other police units (CID and Drug Squad) assisted in the operation as did the Customs Dog Section.”

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