Six arrested in £12,000 drug crackdown

SIX people and over £12,000 worth of crack cocaine and heroin has been seized in a continuing anti-drugs campaign being run by Ipswich Police. Over the past two weeks the campaign – known as 'Crackdown – Ipswich' – has targeted dealers and suppliers of drugs.

SIX people are facing drugs charges and more than £12,000 worth of crack cocaine and heroin has been seized by Ipswich police it emerged today.

Over the past two weeks a campaign – known as Crackdown Ipswich has targeted dealers and suppliers of drugs.

Senior officers today said the campaign has focused on dealers of Class 'A' drugs and in particular crack cocaine dealers.

Chief Superintendent Geoff Munns, of Suffolk police, said: "Taking out drug dealers remains a top priority for local policing and is an essential element in driving down crime and improving our communities quality of life."

Detective Inspector Alan Caton, who is overseeing the operation, said: "These results are very encouraging. We are continuing to target people through accurate intelligence gathering.

"My message is simple – if people continue to deal drugs within the town, don't be surprised if my officers come knocking on your door.

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"We will continue to target those people who deal in drugs and by doing so we hope to break the cycle of drug use, abuse and related crime at an early stage."

Suffolk Constabulary is an active member of Suffolk Drug Action Team (SDAT), which aims to work in partnership and focus on education, prevention, treatment, harm reduction and enforcement.

Carey Godfrey, SDAT co-ordinator, said: "The continuation of operation Crackdown Ipswich will undoubtedly disrupt the local drug markets as well as giving people the opportunity to address their drug problem either in the community or in prison."

Chief Superintendent Munns said that the operation aimed to bring communities together and help them "reject the drug culture".

Anyone with information or suspicions about people dealing in drugs can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.