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Eight people have been arrested after three days of raids in Suffolk.
Eight people have been arrested and more than £20,000 worth of drugs seized, along with cash, vehicles and associated equipment, after three days of warrants in north-east Suffolk.
The Territorial Support Team (TST), based in Lowestoft, carried out warrants in Bungay and Walpole on Monday, at Lowestoft on Tuesday and in Leiston earlier today, Wednesday 16 May, and made a number of arrests, mainly in connection with the supply of class A drugs.
They were assisted by colleagues from the Ipswich drugs team and supported by the Area Intelligence Unit in the three days of action, which aims to disrupt those suspected of involvement in the supply of drugs.
Today, Wednesday 16, warrants were carried out at Garrett Crescent and Neale Close in Leiston.
At Garrett Crescent a 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of possession of heroin with intent to supply after a quantity of the drug was found at the address. He has been taken into custody at Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre where he will be interviewed by officers.
At the same time a team of officers were carrying out another warrant at Neale Close and arrested a 49-year-old woman on suspicion of production of cannabis. A small number of plants were found at the address. She has been taken into custody at Martlesham Police Investigation Centre.
The biggest find of the week came on Monday, 14 May, when police executed a warrant at an address in Reeves Close in Bungay, and seized thousands of pounds worth of cocaine and a large amount of cannabis.
Boxes and bags full of cannabis were recovered along with seven plants, and thousands of pounds in cash, a Jaguar car and a Kawasaki motorcycle were also seized as possible proceeds of crime.
Two people – a 37-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman, both from Bungay – were arrested, the man on suspicion of drugs offences and money laundering and the woman on suspicion of money laundering, and were interviewed by officers before being bailed to return to police on August 15.
Officers also carried out another warrant at a home at Neave Close in Walpole on Monday afternoon and found a small amount of herbal cannabis.
Yesterday, Tuesday 15 May, the TST and drugs team executed warrants at three flats in Marine Parade in Lowestoft around 7.30am.
Four people were arrested – a 46-year-old man on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of heroin, a 24-year-old woman on suspicion of money laundering, a 47-year-old man on suspicion of possession of heroin and a 44-year-old man on suspicion of possession of cannabis.
All four were taken to Great Yarmouth Police Station where they were interviewed by officers.
The 46-year-old man and 24-year-old woman have now been bailed to return to police on July 4, while the 47-year-old arrested on suspicion of possession of heroin faces no further action and the 44-year-old man has been charged with possession of cannabis. Vincent Day, 44, of London Road South, is due to appear at Lowestoft Magistrates Court on June 19.
Detective Sergeant Karl Storey, who oversees the TST said; “The warrants aimed to disrupt the supply of drugs in north-east Suffolk and we believe that this work will have had a significant impact. We have had a number of good finds in recent weeks thanks to good information and the hard work of officers and we are pleased with the positive results. However we are not complacent and realise there is more work to be done.”
Detective Inspector Angus Moir, who oversaw the operations, said; “We will continue to target those thought to be involved in the supply of drugs in the area and would encourage anyone with information to contact us, using the new non-emergency number 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously if required on 0800 555 111.”