Raids lead to arrests

10:50 07 August 2012

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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

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