More than 60 people – including entire families – have been sentenced to 89 years in jail, following a crackdown on drug dealers and criminals.
These are the sorts of people who ruin lives with their anti social behaviour, stealing and drugs in our communities.
Arrests and convictions were made in all six towns in Sandwell and the wider Black Country.
Many of the offenders were related, including mothers and sons, in-laws, siblings and cousins who were ruining other people’s lives.
We worked with the police to tackle these issues after residents raised concerns about drugs in their neighbourhoods.
I would like to thank the police, our council staff, the other organisations we work with and members of the public who have helped us to take action against these people.
As well as 89 year’s-worth of prison sentences, offenders were ordered to do 370 hours of unpaid work in the community, fined over £1,000 and given various community and drug rehabilitation orders.
Our message is clear – council tenants face eviction if they commit crime and deal drugs.
We’ve already evicted one tenant following this campaign, others may follow and some have left their homes knowing what’s coming.
You can report crime to police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Always call 999 in an emergency.