September 17 2014 Latest news:
Peter Walsh, crime correspondent
Friday, August 8, 2014
A series of police raids across the city have resulted in the seizure of cash and heroin worth almost a quarter of a million pounds.
Officers from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) stopped a van in the Swansea Road area of Norwich and recovered two kilos of heroin with an estimated street value of up to £200,000.
A warrant was also issued at an address in Avenue Road where two large bundles of cash, estimated to be between £20,000 and £40,000, were seized.
In a third incident, a utility worked alerted police to a property in Calthorpe Road, Norwich.
He had been responding to a call for service in the area and when he called at the address, an occupant answered the door and fled.
When officers arrived they found a sophisticated cannabis production operation and seized 275 cannabis plants, along with equipment associated with drugs cultivation.
The raids took place on Wednesday and have been described by police as a one of the biggest in recent times.
Superintendent Dave Marshall, who is policing commander in the city, said the drugs seized equated to about 10,000 drug deals.
He said: “Certainly that’s a significant amount of drugs that we’ve taken out of the city over the past 24 hours.
“It’s certainly the biggest find since I’ve been here by a long way. Let’s make no bones about it, this is a significant find – a street value of £200,000.” Supt Marshall said the raids were part of an ongoing operation following proactive work by the police and other agencies.
And despite the success of these raids he said that work would continue.
He said: “These are very much the visible results of the work that we’re continuing to do.
“The number of drugs officers have found this year has gone up and we will continue to make every effort to make the streets of Norwich as drugs free as possible and reduce the offences which drive drug addiction.”
People living in the area have today spoken of their shock about the raids.
A 63-year-old woman who lives on Avenue Road, but did not want to be named said she was “flabbergasted”.
She said she discovered officers at a property on Avenue Road at about 2pm on Wednesday and assumed there had been a burglary.
She said: “I went over and asked if there had been a burglary. He said its not a burglary and is nothing for you to worry about.
“There was lots of policemen and women but not in uniform.”
The woman said she was surprised to discover what had happened as there “wasn’t people coming and going at all hours”.
n Three men have been charged with drugs offences after cash and heroin was seized in Norwich.
Tony Rimmer, 28, of Pethrack Road, Croxteth, Liverpool; Carl Fairfield, 37, of Totnes Road, Liverpool and Rocky Gamble, 30, of Avenue Road, Norwich; have all been charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. They have been remanded in custody and will appear at Norwich Magistrates’ Court today.
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