Operation Rapier team seizes drugs, cash and red diesel in Coleford raid
A large quantity of red diesel, believed to be stolen, was seized alongside cash and suspected drugs in a search by the Operation Rapier police team in the Forest of Dean over the weekend.
The specialist team of officers has been assembled to crack down on the kinds of crime blighting communities and made its latest move on Saturday, raiding a house in Sylvan Close in Coleford.
Acting on information received, they discovered nearly 1,000 litres of red diesel - the dyed fuel that can only be used in registered agricultural vehicles.
Around 200 grams of suspected mephedrone, otherwise known as MKat, was also found and more than £1,000 in cash was confiscated and will now be the subject of a proceeds of crime application.
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A 31-year-old man from Coleford was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen property, supplying drugs and obstructing police in connection with the warrant. He has been bailed to attend Gloucester police station on April 5 pending further inquiries.
Forest Inspector Jane Horrobin said: "Local residents have been so positive about the action we have taken here and the other warrants the team has carried out and I can assure people it will continue.
"Given our rural location the theft of red diesel and plant machinery is something we do see in the Forest and around the border areas and it can hit our communities hard.
"Drugs can also blight our neighbourhoods so we are determined to carry on clamping down on these crimes.
"If you have any information about drugs crime you can call us on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."