Tests reveal traces of cocaine in Tamworth pubs
POLICE carrying out tests in town centre pubs found traces of drugs in nine out of the eleven premises they visited.
Drug swab tests revealed mostly cocaine, but also showed small readings of heroin in three pubs.
The operation was carried out on Friday (February 22) and involved seven special constables and two police officers testing surfaces, mostly in toilets.
Licensees of those premises where drug traces were found have all been given letters to highlight the problem and police will now step up patrols in and around town centre pubs and clubs.
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Chief Inspector Ian Coxhead said: "Drug traces were found in nine pubs, the licensees are now aware of this. It is an indicator of what goes on in these places.
"There are drugs in the town, but Tamworth has no worse a problem than other towns of similar size.
"We are working very closely with the landlords who are aware of the problems and are looking out for signs that people are drug takers – people who have white powder on them for instance.
"Drug takers in Tamworth tend to fall into the 18 to 24 age bracket and it can be quite easy for them to walk into pubs with a tiny amount of drugs. But we are working with the licensing trade and we will be in and out of Tamworth pubs on a regular basis.
"In the last six months we have arrested over 60 people for supplying drugs and it is something we will continue to target," he added.