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23 June 2011, 07:21
After months of intelligence, 23 people have been convicted and jailed for a total of 43 years and 5 months for supplying drugs in Derby.
Derbyshire Police launched Operation Daytona last September in the Normanton and Pear Tree areas to cut the amount of cocaine, heroin and cannabis being sold.
Sentences ranged from seven months to more than five years.
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Detective Inspector Dave Cox, heads the Operation Redhshank team, which co-ordinated the initiative:
"The operation has had a major impact on the drugs market in that part of Derby and we have been able to severely disrupt the main criminal group involved.
"The aim was to make a noticeable difference and more than 40 years worth of jail time is something those involved in similar activity should sit up and take notice of.
"The action of dealers has a negative knock-on effect to local people as where people can buy drugs it attracts crime and anti-social behaviour.
"I'd like to thank the public for their continued support. Without their help and information we cannot take such action and I'd encourage people to carry on ringing in and giving either the police or Crimestoppers details of those involved in drugs."