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Police winning war against drug dealers

PUBLISHED: 14:35 01 August 2001 | UPDATED: 15:16 03 March 2010

DRUGS with a street value of more than £15,000 have been seized by Suffolk police as part of their ongoing Operation Crackdown campaign.

DRUGS with a street value of more than £15,000 have been seized by Suffolk police as part of their ongoing Operation Crackdown campaign.

"Slowly but surely we are tightening our grip on the drug dealer working in Suffolk," said Detective Chief Inspector Tim Beach today.

Eight people have been arrested, including four who have been charged, in connection with various drug-related offences.

Police at Felixstowe arrested a 55-year-old man on suspicion of possession of a class B drug with intent to supply after seizing cannabis resin with a street value of more than £3,000 from a property in the town.

Police in Ipswich issued six warrants and made five arrests as well as recovering more than £2,000 worth of drugs in the past week.

A 45-year-old Ipswich man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a class A drug with intent to supply. He is on police bail and due to return to Ipswich police station on September 6.

A 43-year-old Ipswich man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a class B drug with intent to supply. He is on police bail and due to report back to Ipswich police station on September 5.

Three Ipswich men were charged with drugs-related offences including Terry Dilger, 29, of Wherstead Road, charged with possession of heroin; Roderick Mayne of Garrick Way, charged with cultivation and possession of cannabis; and Paul Curtis, 40, of Emmanuel Close, charged with the possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply.

Officers in Woodbridge charged Paul Vincent, 21, of the town's Pembroke Avenue with possession of a class B drug and cultivation of a cannabis plant. He pleaded guilty to both offences before magistrates in Ipswich yesterday and was fined a total of £140. He was also ordered to pay £60 costs and an order was made for the drugs to be destroyed.

DCI Beach said: "Drug misuse can cause a great deal of damage within a community. In many instances, addicts support their habits by committing additional crime such as theft.

"Operation Crackdown primarily targets those people who are supplying drugs within the community and I would urge anyone who has information about drug dealing to call the confidential Operation Crackdown hotline freephone number 0800 253 253."

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