A Norwich detective has issued a clear warning to drug dealers looking to target Norfolk after a gang were jailed for a total of more than 20 years.

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Detective Inspector Andy Ninham, of Norwich CID, pictured below, said tackling drug dealing was a “priority” for the force and warned offenders they would be pursued by officers who “constantly analyse local intelligence to identify and target offenders and disrupt drug activity”.

A group of London-based drug dealers were last week jailed after a Norwich man was falsely imprisoned and driven in the boot of a car to Essex before being assaulted and abandoned.

The Norwich Crown Court case revealed a drug dealing network bringing heroin and crack cocaine to the city. The 44-year-old victim was lured to the West Earlham centre last November 13, was threatened with a knife and forced into the car boot.

Nathaniel Dixon, 27 of Senrab Street, London, Chase Clarke, 27, of Candy Street, London and Roy Davidson, 29, of Code Street, London, were sentenced to seven years each after previously pleading guilty to false imprisonment, conspiracy to supply heroin and conspiracy to supply cocaine.

A fourth man, Jermaine Dixon, 29, of Harewood Drive, London, was jailed for two years after pleading guilty to possession of heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply. Judge Anthony Bate told Dixon, the half brother of Nathaniel Dixon, that he had got involved in this “evil trade” to make money.

Det Insp Ninham said: “Norfolk police will investigate offences of this nature thoroughly to protect our communities and bring offenders to justice.

“I have no doubt that had the gang not been disturbed, some serious harm would have come to the victim.

“I’m very grateful to him for having the courage to come forward as I know this has caused him a great deal of personal stress.

“I hope he can start to move on with his life now the offenders have been imprisoned.

“This was an isolated and extremely rare incident in terms of the violence used and our on-going work to tackle drug dealing taking across the county.

“It remains a priority. Officers constantly analyse local intelligence to identify and target offenders and disrupt drug activity.”

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