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Drugs Machine Reassures Coleford Clubbers

Posted: 24/01/2007 17:06:25

Forest Police took their sophisticated drugs testing machine to a Coleford nightclub at the weekend as they continued their crackdown on illegal substances.

Officers swabbed the hands of 190 people visiting Magnums on the night of Saturday, January 20 to see if they had been in contact with drugs. Of these, 24 were then searched following positive 'hits'.

A quantity of what was believed to be an illegal substance was discovered on a 22-year-old Gloucester woman and she was arrested at 11.15pm on suspicion of illegal drugs possession. She has since been given a formal caution and released.

PC Mike Chard who operated the machine which can detect minute traces of a range of drugs said: "Our aim is to make sure people visiting pubs and clubs can go out and have a safe time in a pleasant environment without having to worry that people might be using drugs and we had a lot of very positive feedback from people who felt reassured by us doing this.

"We'll be using the testing machine again both at this location and others so the message to anyone planning a night out involving the use or selling of drugs is don't bother as you will be caught."

Magnums manager Sam Carr welcomed the operation. "We have a zero tolerance on drugs and were very happy the police were here doing this as were many people I spoke to", she said.

"It's given people round here a warning not to try and bring drugs into clubs and it helped reassure people drugs won't be around."

Gloucestershire Police have been using the drugs-testing machine for three years. On one occasion, it led to the seizure of £60,000-worth of ecstasy tablets after a property was searched following a 'hit' on an individual who was swabbed.

Gloucestershire Constabulary is nationally recognised for best practice in its use of the machine.

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