Two arrests after police smash drugs den

Southend Standard: Two arrests after police smash drugs den Two arrests after police smash drugs den

RESIDENTS are celebrating after a drug den used by addicts to deal and take heroin was shut down.

Families at Thistledown Court, Basildon, have endured 18 months of misery after the tenant of a flat was jailed and addicts and homeless people moved in.

Residents reported syringes and other drugs paraphernalia being dumped in communal areas, all night parties and people even shimmying up their drainpipe to get to the first floor flat.

Yesterday morning, officers smashed down the door to the flat and arrested a man on suspicion of drugs offences and a woman who was wanted on warrant.

The property, which is owned by housing association FamilyMosaic, was filthy, with graffiti-strewn walls.

On a side table in the living room there were a number of spoons used to “cook” heroin, along with syringes, needles and a shoelace which would be used asamakeshift tourniquet to help the user inject the drug.

In a child’s bedroom there were drugs needles on a single bed which had a Thomas The Tank Engine bedspread.

In the bedside table were more needles and papers.

Officers do not believe a child is living at the flat.

Police also discovered a small quantity of cannabis.

Neighbour Nicky Kelly, 21, lives above the flat with two small children.

She said the drugs den had been a “nightmare”.

She added: “The people living there were constantly smoking drugs and the fumes were coming up into my flat and making it smell.

“It was horrible, especially as I have two small children.

“There were syringes being dumped in the stairwell. A couple of weeks ago my daughter almost picked one up, which was very scary.

“There were people coming and going all night.

“I am relieved the police have shut the flat down.”

Yesterday afternoon the flat was boarded up to stop the gang getting back in.

It will remain boarded up until the tenant is released from prison – she was sentenced to 13 months in January.

Sergeant Paul Costin, who spearheaded the operation, said: “I’m delighted with the outcome of this operation.

“It is the result of concerns raised by the local community.

“We will always act on community intelligence and today’s operation sends out a strong message that we will work to disrupt criminal elements in Basildon and keep up the pressure on them.”

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8:17am Sat 22 Feb 14

profondo asbo says...

legalise all drugs yeah!
legalise all drugs yeah! profondo asbo
  • Score: -20

8:36am Sat 22 Feb 14

profondo asbo says...

heroin AND cannabis...well who'd 'a thought it?
heroin AND cannabis...well who'd 'a thought it? profondo asbo
  • Score: 10

8:58am Sat 22 Feb 14

Nebs says...

Just say NO to illegal drugs.
Just say NO to illegal drugs. Nebs
  • Score: 12

9:33am Sat 22 Feb 14

F5ck da law says...

Can't believe people are stupid enough to grow stuff and sell stuff from their own homes. That's why when I was in the drug game, I never had buyers come to my house, or grew cannabis. They were all done either in the street or secret locations. That's why I was never caught. People just don't think things through sometimes.
Can't believe people are stupid enough to grow stuff and sell stuff from their own homes. That's why when I was in the drug game, I never had buyers come to my house, or grew cannabis. They were all done either in the street or secret locations. That's why I was never caught. People just don't think things through sometimes. F5ck da law
  • Score: -20

9:40am Sat 22 Feb 14

InTheKnowOk says...

What a filthy existence these low life creatures lead !!!
What a filthy existence these low life creatures lead !!! InTheKnowOk
  • Score: 19

10:55am Sat 22 Feb 14

RobertFS says...

encouraging that the police took such prompt action!
encouraging that the police took such prompt action! RobertFS
  • Score: 9

11:39am Sat 22 Feb 14

Tiger Rider says...

I wonder how many times complaints had been made to the landlord? Family Mosaic should have made the effort to rigorously investigate the complaints and quickly evicted the tenants.

Too many drug/alcohol abusers are ruining the lives of others through antisocial behaviour and this is not addressed thoroughly or quickly enough. Landlords need to take more responsibility for anti-social tenants. To do nothing is simply unacceptable.

There is no mention of this tenant being evicted. Too many Family Mosaic clients are being assessed as vulnerable because they have drug/alcohol problems and lead a 'chaotic lifestyle', the reality is some but not all of these 'vulnerable' people are arrogant, inconsiderate, disrespectful, scrounging scumbags who know exactly how to play the system and make others lives a living hell.

The real injustice is that mental health services have been drastically cut and those suffering from genuine mental health problems have now seen their permanent support workers disappear in favour of drug/alcohol abusers being given priority.
I wonder how many times complaints had been made to the landlord? Family Mosaic should have made the effort to rigorously investigate the complaints and quickly evicted the tenants. Too many drug/alcohol abusers are ruining the lives of others through antisocial behaviour and this is not addressed thoroughly or quickly enough. Landlords need to take more responsibility for anti-social tenants. To do nothing is simply unacceptable. There is no mention of this tenant being evicted. Too many Family Mosaic clients are being assessed as vulnerable because they have drug/alcohol problems and lead a 'chaotic lifestyle', the reality is some but not all of these 'vulnerable' people are arrogant, inconsiderate, disrespectful, scrounging scumbags who know exactly how to play the system and make others lives a living hell. The real injustice is that mental health services have been drastically cut and those suffering from genuine mental health problems have now seen their permanent support workers disappear in favour of drug/alcohol abusers being given priority. Tiger Rider
  • Score: 12

12:23pm Sat 22 Feb 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

I,m with Zammo...Just say No.
I,m with Zammo...Just say No. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 2

12:37pm Sat 22 Feb 14

ColonelSpiffSpaff says...

profondo asbo wrote:
heroin AND cannabis...well who'd 'a thought it?
Most folk, half the world smokes it
[quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: heroin AND cannabis...well who'd 'a thought it?[/p][/quote]Most folk, half the world smokes it ColonelSpiffSpaff
  • Score: -10

2:47pm Sat 22 Feb 14

profondo asbo says...

silence is deafening on a story like this from the war on drugs brigade.... funny that
silence is deafening on a story like this from the war on drugs brigade.... funny that profondo asbo
  • Score: 7

3:33pm Sat 22 Feb 14

ColonelSpiffSpaff says...

Because its about heroin, not many people want that legalised
Because its about heroin, not many people want that legalised ColonelSpiffSpaff
  • Score: 0

3:47pm Sat 22 Feb 14

profondo asbo says...

ColonelSpiffSpaff wrote:
Because its about heroin, not many people want that legalised
incorrect. else it would be the war on cannabis.
[quote][p][bold]ColonelSpiffSpaff[/bold] wrote: Because its about heroin, not many people want that legalised[/p][/quote]incorrect. else it would be the war on cannabis. profondo asbo
  • Score: 5

4:56pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Nebs says...

profondo asbo wrote:
ColonelSpiffSpaff wrote:
Because its about heroin, not many people want that legalised
incorrect. else it would be the war on cannabis.
Isn't heroin made from the opium poppy, a naturally occurring plant, and has medicinal uses.
[quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ColonelSpiffSpaff[/bold] wrote: Because its about heroin, not many people want that legalised[/p][/quote]incorrect. else it would be the war on cannabis.[/p][/quote]Isn't heroin made from the opium poppy, a naturally occurring plant, and has medicinal uses. Nebs
  • Score: 6

5:47pm Sat 22 Feb 14

the25man says...

The tenant was in jail so why did the Housing Association allow these low life people in the flat and who was paying the rent. It is usual now for drug used properties to be boarded up for at least 6 months so the users don't go back.
Drugs wreck lives not just the user but all those around them.
The tenant was in jail so why did the Housing Association allow these low life people in the flat and who was paying the rent. It is usual now for drug used properties to be boarded up for at least 6 months so the users don't go back. Drugs wreck lives not just the user but all those around them. the25man
  • Score: 6

6:12pm Sat 22 Feb 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

profondo asbo wrote:
heroin AND cannabis...well who'd 'a thought it?
IGYOURANUS
[quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: heroin AND cannabis...well who'd 'a thought it?[/p][/quote]IGYOURANUS carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -7

9:30pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Blind Haze says...

profondo asbo wrote:
heroin AND cannabis...well who'd 'a thought it?
Remember Mr Asbo, the two are completely mutually exclusive.... Well, that's what I've been told by the tokers anyway.
[quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: heroin AND cannabis...well who'd 'a thought it?[/p][/quote]Remember Mr Asbo, the two are completely mutually exclusive.... Well, that's what I've been told by the tokers anyway. Blind Haze
  • Score: 0

11:24pm Sat 22 Feb 14

profondo asbo says...

Blind Haze wrote:
profondo asbo wrote:
heroin AND cannabis...well who'd 'a thought it?
Remember Mr Asbo, the two are completely mutually exclusive.... Well, that's what I've been told by the tokers anyway.
call me a sceptic if you like. i'm just putting it out there....
[quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: heroin AND cannabis...well who'd 'a thought it?[/p][/quote]Remember Mr Asbo, the two are completely mutually exclusive.... Well, that's what I've been told by the tokers anyway.[/p][/quote]call me a sceptic if you like. i'm just putting it out there.... profondo asbo
  • Score: 5

11:27pm Sat 22 Feb 14

profondo asbo says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
profondo asbo wrote:
heroin AND cannabis...well who'd 'a thought it?
IGYOURANUS
i'm guessing you know what you're talking about??
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: heroin AND cannabis...well who'd 'a thought it?[/p][/quote]IGYOURANUS[/p][/quote]i'm guessing you know what you're talking about?? profondo asbo
  • Score: 5

2:47pm Sat 1 Mar 14

What next 1 says...

The tenant is a prolific shoplifter who is currently a guest of the queen, her 2 children taken into care early 2013, now being adopted due to the parents being scumbags. How do I know... The male scumbag unfortunately a relative,
Tiger rider is correct on many counts, scumbags, scroungers and why should she be given a roof over her head once she's out??? He no doubt is in another drug den and she will follow suit...
The tenant is a prolific shoplifter who is currently a guest of the queen, her 2 children taken into care early 2013, now being adopted due to the parents being scumbags. How do I know... The male scumbag unfortunately a relative, Tiger rider is correct on many counts, scumbags, scroungers and why should she be given a roof over her head once she's out??? He no doubt is in another drug den and she will follow suit... What next 1
  • Score: 3

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