POLICE stormed nine Thurrock pubs last friday in a massive clampown on drug use in the borough.
Working in partnership with the licensees, officers were accompanied by drugs dogs and licensing officers from Essex Police and Thurrock Council, as they visited the pubs to carry out drugs searches.
In total, 29 people were searched for drugs after the dogs indicated they may have an illegal substance in their possession. A total of five people were arrested on suspicion of possessing a class A substance. A 38-year-old man from Grays was also arrested on suspicion of possessing cannabis, and accepted a police caution.
Insp Jon Burgess, who led the operation, said: “This was a very successful operation working with our partners, and hopefully it has sent out a message to the community that we will not tolerate drugs use in pubs.
“The licensees were very accommodating and worked with us during the operation, as they don’t want people using their establishment for criminal activity as much as we don’t. People may think of it as a bit of harmless recreational fun, but drugs use and supply blights our neighbourhoods and law-abiding citizens who go out on the weekend for a bit of fun shouldn’t be subjected to it.”
An 18-year-old man from Upminster, a 42-year-old man from South Ockendon, a 37-year-old man from Orsett, a 54-year-old man from Grays and a 31-year-old man from Fobbing were all arrested on suspicion of possession of a class A drug, and have been released on police bail until Friday, November 5.
The pubs visited during the operation were The Queens, The Pullman, The White Hart, The Theobold Arms, The Wharf, The Bricklayers Arms, The Traitors Gate, The Sandmartin and The Oak.