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Crackdown joy on drugs

PUBLISHED: 23:30 06 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:35 05 July 2010

A WEEK-LONG campaign to crackdown on drugs in Suffolk has been hailed a success by police.

Across the county, 40 people were arrested during National Tackling Drugs Week as thousands of pounds worth of drugs, weapons and almost £20,000 in cash were seized as officers executed 40 warrants across the county.

A WEEK-LONG campaign to crackdown on drugs in Suffolk has been hailed a success by police.

Across the county, 40 people were arrested during National Tackling Drugs Week as thousands of pounds worth of drugs, weapons and almost £20,000 in cash were seized as officers executed 40 warrants across the county.

And The Journal can reveal that in the eastern area of Suffolk - which covers Lowestoft and Waveney - there were some important finds.

Heroin with an approximate street value of £250 was seized, cocaine valued at £60 and amphetamines worth £50 were taken, as was herbal cannabis valued at £670 and cannabis resin worth £670 in a raid totalling more than £1,300.

A total of 27 cannabis plants were also seized during the week, as were swords, flick-knives, an air rifle, a medieval mace, a deactivated rifle, knives and a truncheon.

“We have made a total of 21 arrests so far, and have charged three people with hopefully more to follow,” eastern area press officer Anne-Marie Breach told The Journal. “A total of £1,130 of cash was also seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act, and we recovered some stolen property.”

These captures boosted the countywide figures, as police seized heroin worth around £4,000, cocaine worth more than £50,000 and crack cocaine with an approximate street value of £750 during the week.

A cannabis factory in Ipswich was also uncovered, with 304 plants seized, and a number of weapons were found, while a total of £19,805 of cash was seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Detective chief inspector David Skevington said: “Suffolk Constabulary is dedicated to targeting drug dealing, drug misuse and the associated crime. This campaign aims to highlight the positive work we do all year round in taking drugs and dealers off the streets.

“The results of the week show it has had a positive impact and has been a real success. However, we will not be complacent. Agencies are working effectively together to tackle and reduce drug-related crime in communities countywide and that work is ongoing - 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

If you have information about drug activity in your local area, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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