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Police in Caerphilly on track to tackle drug use

Published: Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Caerphilly Neighbourhood Policing Team took part in a pub crawl of a different kind on Friday (14th December) when they visited several licensed premises in the town and local area armed with an Ion Track machine.

213 people in total were checked by the Ion Track, resulting in 32 positive outcomes and the seizure of suspected controlled substances from 3 individuals.  While the results cannot be used as evidence, they can indicate to officers that a person should be searched or questioned. The Ion Track can detect minute traces of drugs several days after a person has come into contact with them, even if they have washed their hands.

A swab paper is wiped over a person's hands and then placed into the machine which then analyses it for drugs including cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and cannabis. The resulting reading indicates how many drugs are present in the sample and at what levels. It is so sensitive it can detect the equivalent in drugs of a grain of salt in an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

Caerphilly Neighbourhood Sergeant Andy Down said: "Illegal drug activity is not tolerated in Caerphilly and we will continue to work alongside licensed premises in the town and surrounding wards, using this sophisticated equipment to carry out similar exercises in the future.

"Anyone who receives a positive test from the Ion Track can expect to be stopped and potentially searched and if they are found to be in possession of drugs they will be dealt with accordingly."

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