Hundreds of pounds of cash and cannabis seized in Dereham drugs raid
PUBLISHED: 12:41 15 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:04 15 September 2017
Copyright: Archant 2017
Police have seized cannabis thought to be worth up to £1,000 during a raid on a property in Dereham.
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.”
“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.
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.
This latest raid took place at 8am, on Friday, September 15.
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.
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?
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”.
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.