A week-long Police operation has seen 17 people arrested for a combination of drug, money laundering and weapons offences.

Operation Redcap ran over a five day period from November 22 to November 26 and was the follow up to the successful Operation Strongbox that ran between June 28 and October 31.

The operation comprised of a week of targeted action, involving the Police, Customs Officers and Isle of Man Prison Dogs and handlers, that saw the constabulary execute nineteen search warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1976 at premises across the Isle of Man.

The operation also continued the intelligence led checks conducted at the island’s sea and air ports. Immigration status checks relating to several individuals were also carried out with our partners at Immigration and Work Permits office. Numerous warrants for non-payment of fines were also executed of the course of this week.

Superintendent Stephen Maddocks stated: ‘This week of action for Operation Redcap falls out of the successful work we all did during Operation Strongbox. We have continued to work collaboratively with our partner agencies in tackling organised crime, such as drugs, money laundering, county lines and firearms offences. In doing this we are seeking to protect the vulnerable in our community and maintaining the security of our borders and keeping our island as safe as we can. 

‘Finally I want to remind criminals both on and off the island seeking to exploit the Isle of Man that we will continue working with our partners to disrupt your activities, gather the evidence against you and then bring you to justice.’

Operation Red Cap has resulted in:

  • 17 persons arrested for a combination of Possession with intent to supply Class A and B Drugs; Money Laundering; Firearms Offences, Possession of Offensive Weapons and the offence of Removal of Criminal Property from the island. Many of these persons remain on Police Bail. 
  • 1 person sent to prison for non payment of fines

and the seizure of:

  • Significant quantities of Cocaine; Heroin; Magic Mushrooms; Amphetamines; Cannabis;  Ketamine; and Class C Drugs;
  • Three firearms and various knives and weapons
  • Significant quantity of cash believed to be from the proceeds of crime

All drug/weapon images are credited to the Isle of Man Constabulary.

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