Heroin seized as police target dealers on estate
Police have seized heroin worth an estimated £2,500 and arrested a teenager as part of an ongoing operation to tackle an estate's drug problem.
Police seized the class A drug – the equivalent of more than 100 individual deals – in St Peters, Leicester, on Monday. A 19-year-old man was also detained during the night-time operation.
Inspector Bill Knopp, commander of Spinney Hill Park police station, said: "Reports of drug dealing are a continuing problem on the St Peters estate.
"The thing that sticks in residents' throats is that this problem is imported to their estate.
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"People come to this area to buy and sell drugs and as a result they see the kind of acquisitive crime associated with the chaotic lifestyles of drug users.
"This is potentially a significant arrest but we are not complacent and we are going to keep our patrols going up to disrupt any drug dealing."
Albert Berer, spokesman for St Peters Neighbourhood Monitoring – which uses its own cameras to film crime on the estate – welcomed the police action but urged officers to step up the pressure on drug dealers.
Mr Berer said: "Drug dealing remains a problem in this area. Sometimes it's absolutely blatant.
"We see people coming into the neighbourhood who are only here to buy drugs and to commit other crimes.
"Hopefully, this police operation will result in more successes."
Hanif Aqbany, one of the area's city councillors, said: "St Peters is a family estate – there are children here and we do not want drug dealing on our streets.
"Some of the people who are selling these drugs live among us, while others are from outside St Peters.
"It is sometimes difficult to know exactly what is happening because there are so many corners where they can do these deals.
"People must report dealing to the police but sometimes they do not want to do that because they think there will be reprisals from the criminals.
"I would encourage people to use Crimestoppers because they can tell the police what is happening anonymously and the police will do the rest."
A 19-year-old man has been charged with possession of heroin with intent to supply.
He appeared at Leicester Magistrates' Court yesterday and was remanded in custody.
Drug crime can be reported to Leicestershire police on 101 and Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111.