Dorset Police has carried out a week of action to tackle drugs and county lines under Operation Viper in the ongoing fight against making Dorset a hostile place for suspected criminals.

Activity took place between Monday 4 July to Friday 8 July 2022 and was led by Dorset Police’s Neighbourhood Enforcement Teams, Neighbourhood Policing Teams, Force Support Group and Intelligence Unit. This resulted in 76 disruptions including:

• 20 arrests for drug offences – predominantly the supply of class A and B drug
• £41,170 cash seized
• 40 drug line disruptions
• £36,150 worth of drugs seized
• 11 vulnerable children and adults safeguarded
• 20 mobile phones seized
• 56 addresses visited linked to vulnerable victims
The initiative was part of wider collaboration activity known as Operation Scorpion between the five police forces in the South West, alongside their respective Police and Crime Commissioners, the British Transport Police, South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SW ROCU) and the charity Crimestoppers to combine resources and tackle drug supply across the region.

Across the South West, there were a total of 127 arrests, £180,000 of cash seized, £638,000-worth of street value drugs seized, 465 disruptions to drug lines and 237 vulnerable people safeguarded.

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Anyone with information about illegal drugs activity should report it via the Dorset Police website or by calling 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

To pass on information anonymously, speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year on 0800 555 111 or use their non-traceable online form. Contact will remain 100% anonymous. Always. They will never ask for a name or contact details and the phone call or online report will never be traced. If the information supplied leads to an arrest and charge, there could be a cash reward of up to £1,0000.