Jail for heroin dealer caught in raid

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A HEROIN dealer caught in police crackdown has been jailed.

Jolene Smith, 33, of Warren Street, Fleetwood, was arrested in February following a series of raids carried out in the town as part of Operation Nimrod.

Smith had twice failed to appear at court for sentence. At a hearing on Thursday she was jailed for 20 months for being concerned in the supply of heroin and a consecutive two months for failing to appear at court.

In the last decade, Nimrod – a force-wide operation dedicated to tackling drug-related crime – has resulted in 945 drug dealers put behind bars for a total of over 1,600 years.

The February raids focused on suspected drug dealers who had been involved in the supply of heroin in Fleetwood.

Det Chief Insp Vicki Evans, of Lancashire Police, said: “We are committed to taking drugs off our streets. The knock-on effects of drugs can really blight a neighbourhood, ranging from anti-social behaviour carried out by those visiting dealers to crimes such as burglary and robbery being committed to fund a habit.

“Nimrod is a long-term approach to this problem. We continue to work closely with everyone who plays a part in preventing crime and working with offenders to make sure we tackle both the causes and consequences of drug-related crime.”

She added: “In our efforts to tackle drugs we rely on communities to help us. We must work together. If you know something, do something about it and get in touch with us.”

Information can be given to police on 101 or by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.