150 arrests in drugs crackdown

Suffolk police have arrested more than 150 people after a month-long campaign against drugs.Officers detained a total of 153 people during the Crackdown operation in June and seized quantities of drugs including cocaine and cannabis plants.

Suffolk police have arrested more than 150 people after a month-long campaign against drugs.

Officers detained a total of 153 people during the Crackdown operation in June and seized quantities of drugs including cocaine and cannabis plants.

The majority of the arrests were in the force's southern area, which covers Ipswich, Sudbury and Hadleigh, while 47 arrests were made in the eastern area covering Lowestoft, Beccles and Felixstowe.

Det Chief Insp, Debbie Griffiths, who oversaw the operation, said it was a success.

“Our action during the last month demonstrates our commitment to tackling illegal drugs - and targeting those who deal them in our communities,” she said.

“Illegal drugs cause a great deal of misery. We will continue working with our partners, and the public, to crack down on drugs to help make our county safer.”

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The month-long campaign was set up to mark the 10th anniversary of a special drug hotline, created so people could pass on information about others they suspected of living a “flashy” lifestyle through the proceeds of crime.

“We need the support of local people in tackling today's criminals,” Mrs Griffiths said. “The Crackdown hotline provides a perfect opportunity to take a proactive stance against drug dealing and crime - by simply picking up the phone to pass on information to the police.”

The Crackdown hotline number is 0800 253 253.