A total of six people have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs in a series of police raids in Crawley today (Thursday February 5).
Armed officers, including a team from South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU), arrested two men, aged 32 and 35, at the car park at the K2 Leisure Centre in Pease Pottage Hill and Hammond Road, Broadfield this morning.
At around 1pm, police executed warrants at nine properties in Crawley and Billingshurst, a spokesperson for SEROCU said, and a further four people were arrested.
The SEROCU spokesperson said: “All the men arrested are all currently in police custody and on suspicion of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs class A.”
A 27-year-old man was arrested at Chippendale Road, Crawley, a 29-year-old was arrested at Selsey Road, Crawley, a 29-year-old man was arrested at Forge Way, Billingshurst, and a 26-year-old man was arrested at Weirbrook, Furnace Green.
Five other properties in Crawley were raided, but no further arrests were made, SEROCU said.
Police targeted Anglesey Close, Saffron Close, Kensington Road, Lambeth Close and Hepplewhite Close,
Chief Inspector Justina Beeken, District commander for Crawley, said: “These warrants are just one example of the work local police are doing with our regional colleagues in the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit, to keep drugs off the streets of Crawley.
“Together we aim to disrupt drugs supply in the town and anyone who is found to have committed offences will be detained by officers and dealt with robustly.
“I would like to continue to urge that if anyone sees any suspicious activity which may be linked to drug supply please phone police on 101.”
Assistant chief constable Robin Smith of Sussex Police said: “This has been part of an ongoing investigation targeting alleged drugs supply in the Crawley area that will not end here.
“Over 100 officers have been deployed in today’s operation and it should act as a warning to those who seek to deal drugs in our communities; we will be relentless in our pursuit of you, your networks and criminal assets.”
Detective chief inspector Mark Chapman of SEROCU said: “We have been working closely with our colleagues in Sussex Police to target those who supply drugs in Crawley.
“Over the past few months, we have looked to assist our colleagues in Sussex Police to disrupt organised crime groups operating in the Crawley area and today’s arrests are part of a sustained effort to stop these organised crime groups from operating.
“We will continue to work with Sussex Police to use all our resources to bring to account those who stand to benefit from the supply of drugs.”
Detective superintendent Craig Dibdin, head of SEROCU, said: “It is important we have good links with local police forces in order to protect our communities across the south east region against the most serious organised crime.
“We will continue to work with all our key partners across the region in order to stop organised crime groups from operating.”
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