Heroin Seized in Portsmouth

Police executed five drugs warrants at addresses across Portsmouth in the last 24 hours as part of a drive to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Officers raided a home on Allaway Avenue yesterday afternoon and houses on Hampshire Street, Buckland Path, New Road and Clive Road this morning.

Operation Saracen was intelligence-led and aimed to disrupt the use and supply of class A drugs.

At the house on Allaway Avenue, officers seized an amount of heroin with an approximate street value of £4,000. Three people were arrested:

A 26-year-old woman on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs. She remains in custody. A 34-year-old man on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drug. He remains in custody. A 29-year-old man on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of cocaine. He was bailed until September 10.

Detective Sergeant Steve Toms said: "Clearly when the police raid homes early in the morning, local people are going to want to know what's going on. One of the aims of Operation Saracen is to reassure the community and many of the neighbours we spoke to this morning were pleased to see us taking action. We also delivered leaflets to nearby homes. These raise were conducted to support the force's Summer Anti-Social Behaviour Campaign and we'll be carrying out more over the coming weeks. They help to disrupt the problems of nuisance behaviour and noise that people involved in drugs bring to our communities."

If you're concerned about the use or supply of drugs in your neighbourhood, you can contact the police on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

All calls are treated in the strictest confidence.

You can find out more about local policing in Portsmouth's communities by visiting the Portsmouth pages of www.hampshire.police.uk

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