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Thousands of pounds worth of heroin seized in Dereham drugs raid

PUBLISHED: 21:08 10 July 2017

The Maltings in Dereham, where police found thousands of pounds worth of heroin in a raid. Picture: Ian Burt

The Maltings in Dereham, where police found thousands of pounds worth of heroin in a raid. Picture: Ian Burt

Thousands of pounds worth of heroin was seized during a raid on a home in Dereham as police continue a major crackdown on drugs in the town.

Drugs and cash which were seized in a drugs raid at The Maltings in Dereham. Picture: BRECKLAND POLICE. Drugs and cash which were seized in a drugs raid at The Maltings in Dereham. Picture: BRECKLAND POLICE.

Two people, a man and a woman, said to be in their late 30s to early 40s, were arrested and have been released under investigation.

Charges and court action could follow.

We have reported how police have been carrying out a series of drug raids in Dereham.

For the last 18 months they have been fighting against dealers looking for new gaps in the market following high profile arrests in Norwich, King’s Lynn, Great Yarmouth and London.

Operation Gravity has seen more than 100 suspected drug dealers arrested by police in Norfolk as part of a drive to rid the county of heroin and cocaine, as well as arrests in the capital.

In many cases teenagers are hooked on drugs, run up debts with gangs and are coerced into selling Class A drugs on Norfolk’s streets.

This latest raid was carried out on a property at The Maltings, Dereham at around 7am on Friday.

Sergeant Matt Abbs said heroin with an estimated street value of approximately £3,000 was seized as well as cash and equipment associated with the use and supply of Class A drugs.

Sgt Abbs said: “This is a significant amount of Class A drugs that we have taken off the streets of Dereham.

“It is part of an ongoing crackdown in the town and we will continue to take positive action against drug dealing in Dereham.

“We will continue to carry out raids and to send out a message to drug gangs.

“It is an ongoing fight and once we get on top of one gang another gang will come forward look to take advantage of what they see as a gap in the market. “We are working hard to keep on top of the situation to ensure Dereham doesn’t end up with a serious drugs problem.”

Anyone aware of illegal drug activity in their community should contact Norfolk police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555111.

Do you think Dereham has a serious drugs problem? E mail adam.lazzari@archant.co.uk

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