“Drug dealing will not be tolerated in Lowestoft” – police chiefs warn as 11 people are arrested after week of action
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Drugs worth about £5,000 have been seized, and 11 people have been arrested, during a week of action to target drug supply in Lowestoft.
Officers carried out 16 stop searches, with 10 of them proving positive, and searched six premises, resulting in about £3,000 in cash and weapons being seized, alongside class A drugs.
A 19-year-old man was arrested in Kessingland on Tuesday, March 7 on suspicion of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply. Officers recovered drugs thought to be MDMA and three mobile phones. He has now been bailed to return to police on May 4.
Alex Baldry, of Beaconsfield Road, was arrested last Wednesday, March 8 after he was spotted by officers in Kensington Gardens at 2.45pm. He was arrested in Kirkley Cliff Road a short time later. Packages containing a quantity of wraps – believed to be class A drugs – were recovered. He was taken into custody, along with two other men, both from Lowestoft – a 22-year-old arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug and a 24-year-old arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply controlled drugs – who have now been bailed until April 20.
Baldry was charged with a number of offences including possession of crack cocaine with intent to supply, possession of heroin with intent to supply, money laundering and possession of an article with a blade or sharp point – a lock knife. He appeared before Norwich magistrates last Thursday and was remanded in custody pending his next hearing at Ipswich Crown Court on April 6.
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Officers arrested four people after carrying out searches at properties in Denmark Road last Thursday. A 29-year-old woman and a 16-year-old boy were both arrested on suspicion of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply. A number of wraps of what is believed to be heroin were recovered. Kelly Buckley, 29, from Denmark Road, and the 16-year-old boy from London, who can't be named because of his age, were subsequently charged with being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and being concerned in the supply of heroin. Both appeared before Norwich Magistrates Court on Saturday, with Buckley being remanded in custody and the 16-year-old being bailed. Both are now due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court on April 7.
A 34-year-old man arrested was later charged with possession of cocaine. David Jones, of Tedder Road, is due to appear at Great Yarmouth Magistrates Court on April 12.
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A 45-year-old man arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug and money laundering has now been bailed to return to police on April 12.
A 16-year-old boy from Ipswich was arrested on March 6 on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon after police carried out a search in Station Square. He was later charged with possession of a lock knife and is now due to appear at Ipswich Youth Court on March 23.
A 16-year-old boy from Kent was also arrested on March 6, in Denmark Road, on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon. He was later charged with possession of a kitchen knife and appeared before Norwich magistrates on March 7.
A 41-year-old man, who was arrested on March 10 in Beccles Road after police stopped a vehicle, was given an adult caution for possession of heroin.
One person was also given a warning for cannabis possession and officers also seized a vehicle and dealt with traffic offences.
Det Insp Simon Bridgland, who oversaw the week of action, said: 'We are aware of the impact that drugs can have on individuals, families and the community at large and the misery they can cause and we will be continuing our work to target those suspected of supplying these substances into our town.
'We want to send a strong message that drug dealing will not be tolerated in Lowestoft – and that you can expect to be arrested if you commit such offences.'