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Five people arrested in Norwich drugs swoop

PUBLISHED: 12:57 16 March 2012

Five people have been arrested in connection with Class A drugs offences

Five people have been arrested in connection with Class A drugs offences

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Five people have been arrested in connection with Class A drugs offences after police swooped on a property in Norwich.

Officers carrying out inquiries in the Southwell Road area of the city visited a property in Mill Close on Wednesday afternoon where they seized controlled drugs and associated paraphernalia.

Five people were also arrested by police following the visit. Those arrested were:

<t> A 19-year-old woman from Dereham on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.

<t> A 27-year-old man from Norwich on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.

<t> A 26-year-old man from Norwich on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.

<t> A 33-year-old man of no fixed address on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.

<t> A 44-year-old man from Norwich on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs and possession of cannabis.

All five have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

The arrests have prompted a warning from Norwich Chief Inspector Dennis Lacey about how seriously police treat the issue of drugs in the city.

He said: “Anti-social behaviour associated with drug taking can blight communities and will not be tolerated – we will deal firmly with anyone found to be facilitating substance misuse in Norwich.”

Chf Insp Lacey said members of the public have a key role to play in helping to identify where drugs offences are being committed and urged them to contact police with any information.

He said: “Community intelligence is key to this, and I would urge anyone with information about drug use in their area to contact their local Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“Whilst we will prosecute those supplying or producing drugs, we can also take action through the Proceeds of Crime Act or crackhouse closures where appropriate, to ensure this activity is stopped and our communities can feel safe and enjoy the areas in which they live.”

As previously reported 17 people were arrested and a large quantity of Class A drugs seized following raids carried out by officers on homes in Norwich and London by officers in November last year.

Have you got a crime story for the Evening News? Call reporter Peter Walsh on 01603 772436 or email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk.

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