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Hundreds of pounds of cash and cannabis seized in Dereham drugs raid

PUBLISHED: 12:41 15 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:04 15 September 2017

Dereham police carry out a drugs raid on a property in Sandy Lane. PC Stu Lyle with a knife he has found. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Dereham police carry out a drugs raid on a property in Sandy Lane. PC Stu Lyle with a knife he has found. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Police have seized cannabis thought to be worth up to £1,000 during a raid on a property in Dereham.

Dereham police carry out a drugs raid on a property in Sandy Lane. Evidence bags contain cannabis and a large sum of money found. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYDereham police carry out a drugs raid on a property in Sandy Lane. Evidence bags contain cannabis and a large sum of money found. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Cash totalling hundreds of pounds was also seized from the address on Sandy Lane.

Officers found no evidence of Class A substances, but confirmed the raid was part of Operation Gravity, the ongoing crackdown on drug activity in the area.

Sergeant Matt Abbs said: “We had sufficient information to issue a warrant on this address.

“We’ve arrested two men, one on suspicion of intent to supply, and one on suspicion of possession.”

Dereham police carry out a drugs raid on a property in Sandy Lane. Evidence bags contain cannabis and a large sum of money found. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYDereham police carry out a drugs raid on a property in Sandy Lane. Evidence bags contain cannabis and a large sum of money found. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“While this looks to be a pair of local kids, we don’t know who has supplied them with this stuff.

He added: “It’s all part of our response to Operation Gravity.”

This newspaper has reported how police have been carrying out a series of raids in and around Dereham.

For the last year and a half, Norfolk police have been cracking down on drug dealing in the region, following arrests made in Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Kings Lynn, and London.

Dereham police carry out a drugs raid on a property in Sandy Lane. Tobacco found in the safe. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYDereham police carry out a drugs raid on a property in Sandy Lane. Tobacco found in the safe. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Operation Gravity has seen police carry out more than 100 arrests on suspected dealers in Norfolk. It is part of a drive to rid the county of cocaine and heroin, often brought into the region by dealers from London.

Teenagers involved are often hooked on drugs, run up debts with gangs, and are coerced into selling Class A substances on the streets of Norfolk.

Read more: Thousands of pounds worth of heroin seized in Dereham drugs raid

This latest raid took place at 8am, on Friday, September 15.

Police during a drugs raid at the ground floor flat at Sandy Lane, with the front door round the side to the left, not the front door shown. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYPolice during a drugs raid at the ground floor flat at Sandy Lane, with the front door round the side to the left, not the front door shown. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Officers found bags of the Class B substance at the address, with an estimated street value of up to £1,000.

Multiple weapons also were found by officers conducting a thorough search of the property: including knives, a cricket bat, and a blade stashed close to the front door.

A safe containing smaller amounts of cannabis, keys and cards was opened by police.

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Police during a drugs raid at the ground floor flat at Sandy Lane, with the front door round the side to the left, not the front door shown. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYPolice during a drugs raid at the ground floor flat at Sandy Lane, with the front door round the side to the left, not the front door shown. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Officers searched the property for evidence of Class A substances, but confirmed that they did not find any. However, charges and court action could follow for the individuals arrested.

Anyone aware of illegal drug activity in their area should contact Norfolk police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111. Do you think Dereham has a drug problem?

Email jessica.frank-keyes@archant.co.uk

Read more: Two men arrested in Dereham drugs raid released while investigations continue

Dereham police carry out a drugs raid on a property in Sandy Lane. PC Stu Lyle, left, bags a knife he has found, with PC Sam Land. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYDereham police carry out a drugs raid on a property in Sandy Lane. PC Stu Lyle, left, bags a knife he has found, with PC Sam Land. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Operation Gravity

The operation was launched to in response to a series of high-profile arrests and stabbings which were associated with London drug gangs operating in the county.

Operation Gravity was launched in December 2016 with the aim of tackling drug related crime on the streets of Norfolk.

Norfolk police say that they “target the most serious offenders involved in dealing and transporting Class A drugs into and around Norfolk, as well as working with partners to protect those most vulnerable to drug abuse and exploitation”.

Dereham police carry out a drugs raid on a property in Sandy Lane. Police at work bagging finds, from left, PC Sam Land, PC Stu Lyle, and PC Jon Downs. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYDereham police carry out a drugs raid on a property in Sandy Lane. Police at work bagging finds, from left, PC Sam Land, PC Stu Lyle, and PC Jon Downs. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Officers have targeted specific areas and known locations used by these drugs gangs.

The force is aiming to stem the violence associated with these crimes, and reduce the impact on communities.

Since the start of the operation, 35 people under the age of 18 have been arrested in Norfolk. The charity, the NSPCC, have said that under-18s involved in drug dealing should be treated as victims.

Read more: Young people transporting Class A drugs into Norfolk should be treated as a victims, charity claims

Dereham police carry out a drugs raid on a property in Sandy Lane. PC Sam Land searches the fridge. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYDereham police carry out a drugs raid on a property in Sandy Lane. PC Sam Land searches the fridge. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Dereham police carry out a drugs raid on a property in Sandy Lane. PC Sam Land searches the fridge. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYDereham police carry out a drugs raid on a property in Sandy Lane. PC Sam Land searches the fridge. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Dereham police carry out a drugs raid on a property in Sandy Lane. Police at work bagging finds, from left, PC Stu Lyle (back), PC Jon Downs, PC Sam Land (back), and Sgt Matt Abbs. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYDereham police carry out a drugs raid on a property in Sandy Lane. Police at work bagging finds, from left, PC Stu Lyle (back), PC Jon Downs, PC Sam Land (back), and Sgt Matt Abbs. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Dereham police carry out a drugs raid on a property in Sandy Lane. PC Sam Land searches the bathroom. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYDereham police carry out a drugs raid on a property in Sandy Lane. PC Sam Land searches the bathroom. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Dereham police carry out a drugs raid on a property in Sandy Lane. PC Sam Land searches the bathroom. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYDereham police carry out a drugs raid on a property in Sandy Lane. PC Sam Land searches the bathroom. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Dereham police carry out a drugs raid on a property in Sandy Lane. Sgt Matt Abbs searches a hall cupboard. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYDereham police carry out a drugs raid on a property in Sandy Lane. Sgt Matt Abbs searches a hall cupboard. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Dereham police carry out a drugs raid on a property in Sandy Lane. Cannabis found in a safe. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYDereham police carry out a drugs raid on a property in Sandy Lane. Cannabis found in a safe. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Dereham police carry out a drugs raid on a property in Sandy Lane. A knife found hidden behind a pot in the hallway. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYDereham police carry out a drugs raid on a property in Sandy Lane. A knife found hidden behind a pot in the hallway. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Police during a drugs raid at the ground floor flat at Sandy Lane, with the front door round the side to the left, not the front door shown. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYPolice during a drugs raid at the ground floor flat at Sandy Lane, with the front door round the side to the left, not the front door shown. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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