Police vow to maintain clampdown on drug dealing in a West Norfolk town

PUBLISHED: 15:08 29 December 2009 | UPDATED: 09:27 02 June 2010

POLICE in a West Norfolk town have vowed to keep the pressure on local drug dealers next year after a successful period of enforcement. Six drugs warrants have been carried out in as many months by officers from the Downham Market Neighbourhood Policing T

POLICE in a West Norfolk town have vowed to keep the pressure on local drug dealers next year after a successful period of enforcement.

Six drugs warrants have been carried out in as many months by officers from the Downham Market Neighbourhood Policing Team, resulting in a number of arrests and the seizure of illegal drugs and drugs money.

Earlier this month, a 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drug dealing and a quantity of cannabis and cash seized during a warrant at an address in Downham. The man remains on bail pending the outcome of the police investigation.

Downham Inspector Mick Bates said officers will continue to act positively to take action against those whose drug dealing blights local communities.

"Thanks to information from the public, the SNT has achieved some excellent results this year during searches conducted under The Misuse of Drugs Act," he said.

"I have every intention of continuing this pressure in 2010 and I would urge anyone who can offer information that helps us build up a fuller picture of illegal drugs activity to contact the police in confidence.

"We will always seek to prosecute and take away the funds of those who seek to prey on the young and the vulnerable and whose actions threaten this otherwise safe community."

Since June, the neighbourhood policing team has carried out the following drugs enforcement:

In June a quantity of ketamine was recovered from an address in Nordelph. A 20-year-old male was subsequently cautioned for possession.

In August, a large quantity of cannabis and cash was seized from an address in Downham Market. Andrew Weeks, 54, of Launditch Crescent, Downham, is due to appear at King's Lynn Magistrates' Court on January 4 charged with possession with intent to supply.

In September, a quantity of heroin was seized from a 17-year-old-girl found in a car at St John's Industrial Estate by patrolling officers.She subsequently pleaded guilty at youth court and received a Community Order.

In October a complete cannabis factory was raided in Nordelph and a large quantity of cannabis plants were seized. Kellie Taylor, 34, of High Street, Nordelph, was charged with production of cannabis and abstraction of electricity to appear at King's Lynn Magistrates' Court today.

In November, a large quantity of cannabis was seized from a house in Downham Market. A 35-year old male was arrested and is currently on bail pending further investigations.

During these warrants, police also seized in excess of £20,000 which represent the proceeds of drug dealing - all of which police will seek to have confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

This work is in addition to the day-to-day intervention work by local officers which has seen more than 20 local people dealt with for possessing controlled drugs when stop checked in their cars or on the street in the Downham area, many of the stop checks being intelligence led as a result of information received from the public.

To report suspected drug dealing or any other crime call the Norfolk Constabulary non-emergency number 0845 456 4567, speak to a member of your Neighbourhood Policing Team or alternatively, ring the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555111.


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