Highfields drugs crackdown sees 34 in court

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More than 30 people have been prosecuted as part of a crackdown on illegal drugs in Leicester.

In February 2012 police launched an operation to target drug dealing and supply in the Highfields area following complaints from residents

A total of 34 men and teenagers have now been sentenced, with terms ranging from one year to nine years in jail.

Officers said they were pleased with the results and thanked the community for its support.

'Lengthy and complex'

The men, who are aged between 56 and 16, are all from Leicester and Leicestershire.

Defendants who avoided jail received six months suspended sentences and supervision, youth detention or rehabilitation orders.

Three of the defendants were also handed sentences of up to three years at a young offenders institute.

Det Supt Andy Lee said: "This operation began after members of the local community contacted the police to say they were concerned about drugs in their area.

"This was causing anti social behaviour and blighting the area and community in which they lived.

"(It was) a lengthy and complex investigation, which required us to work with local communities to identify those who were suspected of being involved in drugs supply."

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