Suspected drug den shut down

A house suspected of being used to supply drugs in Codnor has been closed following police and council action.

Magistrates in Chesterfield granted a full closure order on the house on High Street on Wednesday, October 2, following reports about illegal drug taking and the negative effects on lives of people living nearby.

A number of drug search warrants were carried out at the address, providing enough evidence for police to have the ground floor flat boarded up for three months.

Paul Robert Smith, 37, of High Street, was also told to pay £500 legal costs, handed a 12 month community supervision order, a nine month drugs treatment referral and ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge after being convicted of possession of heroin. He will also face a separate charge of possession with intent to supply heroin at Derby Crown Court in January 2014.

Sergeant Dave Harrison of the Amber Valley Community Safety Partnership said: “Residents said they were concerned about suspected illegal activities at this property and PC Anna Welberry of the Safer Neighbourhood policing team in Codnor worked with the council to take action on issues which were having a negative impact on the local community.

“This sends out a clear message that this type of behaviour won’t be tolerated and if you choose to behave in this way you risk losing your home. We also hope residents will feel reassured that we are listening to their concerns and will take positive action against anyone involved in illegal or anti-social activity.”