Gedling’s Operation Reacher team joined other Nottinghamshire Police officers on a raid of two properties in Bestwood, as part of an investigation into drug smuggling at HMP Ranby in Nottinghamshire.
The arrests were made after officers executed warrants at addresses in Andover Road, Bestwood, and Wingbourne Walk, Bulwell, yesterday morning (Tuesday, 15)
Two women, aged 44 and 53, were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to bring ‘a list A prohibited article’ into HMP Ranby.
Police said the warrants were carried out thanks to a joined-up Nottinghamshire Police approach and good teamwork involving Gedling’s Operation Reacher team, County CID, Tactical Support Group officers and the City Neighbourhood Team all working together.
Detective Sergeant Luke Todd said: “We are committed to working alongside our partners to make sure those involved in serious and organised crime are pursued.
“Anyone found to be helping inmates carry out their illicit enterprises from their prison cells can expect to find themselves in serious trouble.
“Our message is clear – this type of activity will not be tolerated and anyone attempting to smuggle drugs or other items into prison will be actively pursued by authorities and could even find themselves behind bars.
“Drugs in prisons cause a whole host of issues which we work hard with our colleagues in the prison service to tackle.
“These warrants were part of a proactive piece of work we are undertaking, under the banner of Operation Oregon, to disrupt this supply, to pursue suspected offenders and bring them to justice.
“I would encourage anyone who has information about drug supply of any kind to come forward and share what they know with us by calling Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
The two women arrested following today’s warrants were subsequently released under investigation.