Derbyshire police officers have been visiting pubs and clubs in Ashbourne, Matlock, Matlock Bath, Bakewell and Buxton with a police dog to check for illegal drug use.
Passive drugs dog Duke and his handler, PC Brackpool of South Yorkshire Police, joined licensing, Safer Neighbourhood, Operational Support and Task Force teams during the operation on Friday, November 10.
The team, who were joined by Derbyshire Dales District Council and High Peak Borough Council licensing and crime and disorder officers visited a total of eight premises, which included two in Ashbourne, one in Matlock, one in Matlock Bath, one in Bakewell and two in Buxton.
Nine people were searched during the evening under the Misuse of Drugs Act, and one man in Ashbourne, and one man in Buxton have been reported for summons to court for possession of a controlled substance.
DC Rebecca Timperley said:
“We are committed to working in partnership with pub, bar and club owners and partner agencies to take positive action against drug use within licensed premises in the Derbyshire Dales and High Peak.
“During the evening we had some positive feedback from both members of the public and Pub Watch members about the operation, and we plan to have further spot checks throughout the year.”
DC Timperley added:
“By working with passive drugs search dogs and carrying out operations like this we can continue to keep our local nightspots and enjoyable for all.”
Anyone with information about drugs or suspicious activity should contact Derbyshire police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.