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Five Arrested In Drugs Operation
Police executed nine drugs warrants this morning (Thursday, March 8) at addresses in Portsmouth, Hayling Island and Windsor, eight at residential addresses and one at a commercial garage.
A 35-year-old man from Portsmouth was arrested on suspicion of supplying a class B substance and money laundering
A 31-year-old man from Portsmouth was arrested on suspicion of supplying class A and class B subtances and money laundering
A 33-year-old man from Southsea was arrested on suspicion of supplying class A and class B subtances and money laundering
A 56-year-old man from Hayling Island was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply drugs and money laundering
A 34-year-old man from Windsor was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply drugs and money laundering
The warrants are part of an investigation by the Hampshire Major Investigation Team into the supply of cocaine.
The following has been seized by officers:
A substantial amount of cash
A quantity of cocaine (this has been confirmed following tests)
Scales, a cocaine press and other items associated with large scale drug supply.
A cannabis factory was also discovered at a Portsmouth address.
Portsmouth District Commander, Superintendent Norman Mellors said: “Dealing in drugs in Portsmouth will not be tolerated. This investigation is part of our continuing work to disrupt the sale and supply of drugs in the city.
“The message to anyone thinking about coming into Portsmouth to deal drugs is that we will pursue you and track you down.
“By targeting the cause of problems associated with drugs misuse we aim to make our communities safer and improve the quality of life for residents and visitors to Portsmouth.”
Anyone with information relating to the supply and use of cocaine should contact police on 101. Mini-Com users can call the police on 01962 875000. Information can be given anonymously by calling the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.
If you or suspect someone you know has a problem with drugs the national drugs helpline FRANK can assist, visit the website www.talktofrank.com, call 0800 77 6600, or text 82111.
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