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10 March 2015, 13:56
Ten people have been arrested as police raided homes in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft early this morning searching for drugs.
Dozens of officers in uniform and plain clothes took part in the dawn raids across the two towns at around 8am.
Police forced their way into properties where they believed Class A drug dealers were, searching rooms and seizing items.
Officers searched a house in the High Street, Lowestoft after breaking down the door. Mobile phones and sim cards were seized and a man in his 40s and from the town was arrested
Cash and Class A drugs were discovered during a raid in Marine Parade, Lowestoft. A man in his 40s and a woman in her 30s, both from the Lowestoft area, were arrested as was another man, in his 20s and from London
Officers searched a house in Normanston Drive, Lowestoft which led to the arrest of a man in his 50s at a property in St Peters Street.
Another man, aged in his 30s and from Lowestoft, was arrested in the Marine Parade area
A man in his 40s and from the Yarmouth area was arrested after a raid in Nelson Road Central, Great Yarmouth.
A man in his 30s and from the Yarmouth area was arrested after a raid in Vincent Close, Cobholm.
Finally, a man in his 40s from Yarmouth and a woman in her 30s from the area were arrested after officers broke down a door at a flat in Middlegate, Great Yarmouth. A small amount of white powder believed to be a Class A drug was discovered along with equipment and was seized by officers.
The man arrested at Middlegate is being questioned on suspicion of having a Class A drug, while the other seven men and two women are being questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
Norfolk's Assistant Chief Constable Sarah Hamlin, who went to the the raid at Cobholm, said: "Today is all about providing reassurance to communities in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft that we are taking action against those suspected of being involved in dealing class A drugs. We recognise that this is an issue that can be linked to crime and anti-social behaviour that affects the lives of residents and this this kind of operation is designed to send a strong message that we will deal with this type of criminality."
Detective Superintendent Steve Mattin, of Suffolk & Norfolk’s Cyber and Serious Crime Directorate, who is overseeing the operation, said; "This operation continues and has been very successful in terms of arrests and finds. In addition to detaining 10 people in connection with the supply of heroin and crack cocaine in the towns we have also seized several thousand pounds worth of drugs, cash and mobile phones that will assist with this ongoing investigation.
"A great deal of collaborative work has already gone into this, and there is a lot more ahead, but I am pleased with progress to date and we hope a number of charges will follow.
"We know that class A dealing and drug use is often linked to serious acquisitive crime such as robberies and burglaries and tackling drug dealers is key protecting our communities from harm. If you are a drug dealer we will pursue you and ensure that it is a hostile environment within Suffolk and Norfolk for you to operate."
All eight men and two women are being questioned.