Raids lead to arrests

PUBLISHED: 10:50 07 August 2012

Archant

A series of drug raids carried out across Devon, including Exmouth, resulted in a number of arrests said Devon and Cornwall police.

Police arrested a 21-year-old man at a property in Bicton Street on Tuesday when officers carried out a series of drug raids across Devon.

The man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a class-A drug with intent to supply, said police.

He has been released on bail until October 1, 2012.

The police said investigations were ongoing in Exmouth.

Devon and Cornwall police said a total of six people were arrested in East Devon and Exeter this week under Operation Cranefly, which is investigating the supply of class-A drugs into Exeter from Liverpool.

The joint operation involved 100 officers from Devon and Cornwall police.

They were supported by Zephyr and the South West Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).

A total of 10 properties were raided in Exmouth, Ottery St Mary, Exeter and Teignmouth.

Superintendent Jim Gale, the local Police Commander, said: “This sends a strong message to the communities of Devon that drug dealing will not be tolerated. Working together with our partners in Zephyr and SOCA, we will continue to target suspected drug supply whether it originates from Merseyside or elsewhere in the country.”

A 45-year-old man was arrested in Ottery St Mary when police found around 20 cannabis plants growing at a property in the town.

He remains on police bail until October 1, after being arrested on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis.

Devon and Cornwall police said Tuesday’s raids followed on from an operation which began in June, resulting in the arrest of 13 people, with six people jointly charged with conspiracy to supply class-A controlled drugs.

A police spokesman said: “To date the proceeds of this criminal activity has been identified to have exceeded £250,000 and a number of people are on bail for money laundering.”

● Anyone with any information on suspected drug dealing should contact their police team by calling 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, or online at www.Crimestoppers-uk.org

Other News Stories

Exmouth’s Urban Earth, in Pankhurt Close, Littleham, last week attended the Bradstone Assured Awards 2018, held in Manchester, and won the overall title of installer of the year, plus the award for best patio transformation using traditional products and also the best patio transformation using 2017 products.

Read more
06:55

Plans to turn Budleigh Salterton’s disused sorting office into a pub have been turned down.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00

Head nurse and practice manager at East Devon’s Raddenstiles Veterinary Surgery is taking on a 15,000 foot skydive, in which she will freefall for around two miles, to help abandoned and unwanted dogs find their new forever homes.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:55

A trio of fundraising events have been announced for this year in the build-up to 2019’s Budleigh Salterton Food and Drink Festival.

Read more
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Don’t miss this week’s gallery of readers’ photos.

Join in at iwitness24.co.uk and send us your East Devon pictures.

Read more
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Curator Neville Evans explained that many botanical gardens were closing and giving away their collections due to funding issues – despite their conservational value. He added that Bicton’s 300 year-old landscape was ‘pretty special’, with ‘plants here that you will never see anywhere else’.

Read more
Friday, January 19, 2018

Guest of honour Conrad Humphreys said: “I very much enjoyed the Exeter College awards evening and celebrating the success of the students.

“As a former student and rugby player at the college - I have very fond memories of my time there before heading off to sail around the world in the 1993/4 Whitbread.”

Read more
Friday, January 19, 2018

Our Devon quiz is back for another round!

Read more
Friday, January 19, 2018

Exmouth Town Council will be temporarily closed from January 29-30 while office equipment and phones are moved to its new home.

Read more
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Artist Anna Fitzgerald, of Seadog Gallery, in Gussiford Lane, Exmouth, is calling for a bra army of support; she needs 4,000 over-shoulder-boulder-holder donations for the display, which will celebrate the suffragette movement and women winning the right to vote.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 8°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel


Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications