August 23 2014 Latest news:
Peter Walsh, Crime correspondent
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Two men arrested following a drugs raid at a Norwich pub have been released on bail.
Officers made six arrests and seized a quantity of Class A drugs after raiding the The Farmhouse on Colman Road shortly before 10pm last night as part of a crackdown on illegal drug activity.
Around 30 officers, some armed with Tasers, swooped on the pub, searching the premises and a vehicle in the car park in response to information that drug use was taking place.
A 32-year-old man was detained in the car park, having run from police and was found in possession of white powder, believed to be cocaine.
He was arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class A drug, obstructing police and being drunk in charge of a vehicle and has since been released on bail until March 12.
Meanwhile, a 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply after a quantity of Class A was found underneath a seat. He has been released on bail until March 11.
Police drugs dog Maggie also took part in the search which resulted in around eight wraps of what is thought to be Class A drugs being seized.
Officers from Norfolk Constabulary’s Licensing Team were equipped with an ion tracker which identifies traces of controlled substances through swabs on surfaces.
Of the 27 swabs taken there were 21 positive traces, mostly for cocaine. Officers from Norwich City Council and Trading Standards were also in attendance.
Four other people, three men and a woman, were also initially arrested as police searched the premises but were later de-arrested after having their details taken and will be dealt with at a later date.
It was initially thought a total of seven people had been arrested during the raid but police have since confirmed that six arrests were made.
Sgt Mark Shepherd, who led the raid, said: “This was a successful operation resulting in a number of arrests. Two people were taken to custody while the four who were de-arrested will be dealt with later, following enquiries with CCTV.
“The warrant was executed after information was received suggesting drug use was taking place inside the premises. Evidence was found to support this and our investigations will continue.”
Norwich South Inspector Jon Papworth said: “This action underlines our clear message that criminal behaviour, especially around drug activity, will not be tolerated.
“Targeting drug activity is a priority to the Norwich South team and I hope this action reassures members of the community that we will take positive action to identify and arrest those involved.”
Dureena Moles, landlady, said police were “just doing their job” and had “no issues” with them coming in.
She added: “We’ve been compliant and helped out as much as we can”.
Anyone concerned about illegal drug activity in their area can speak to local officers by calling 101. Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.