Following a drugs warrant and arrest at an address in Swindon on Monday (12/3) Wiltshire Police have today successfully obtained a ‘Closure Order’ for the property.
Officers executed the warrant at the address in Raleigh Avenue as a result of community intelligence regarding suspected drug dealing and ‘cuckooing’ activity at the premises.
Cuckooing refers to drug dealers taking over the homes of vulnerable people and using the address as a base to prepare drugs and oversee the running of their so-called businesses. The occupants are often vulnerable either through drug addiction, disabilities or mental health.
During the warrant a 22-year-old man from London was arrested on suspicion of money laundering, being concerned in the supply of class A drugs and possession of a class B drug. He was taken to Gablecross custody for questioning and subsequently released on bail pending further enquiries.
A large knife was seized during the warrant.
The partial closure order was granted by Swindon Magistrates Court this morning for a period of three months. This means that only the occupier is allowed in the address. Anyone else found in the premises commits an offence and is likely to be arrested.
PC Paul Bezzant said: “This is the fifth partial closure order that’s been obtained across Swindon so far this year and it’s proving an excellent tactic to protect vulnerable people and also reduce criminality and ASB surrounding the addresses involved.
“Once the order is in place regular checks are undertaken by the local officers to enforce the orders and ongoing work with the landlord, in this case Swindon Borough Council, to come up with a longer term solution.
“This case shows the importance of the community reporting their concerns to us so we can take action to disrupt any illegal activity taking place.”
If you have information about illegal drugs or concerns about a vulnerable person please call us on 101, if a crime is in progress call 999. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.