SMASHED

Po­lice ar­rest eight men and two women in raids across the city in co­caine ring probe

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By Paul Fisher paul.fisher@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @paulfish­eredit

A gang thought to be at the cen­tre of the sup­ply of class A drugs in Peter­bor­ough were ar­rested as po­lice car­ried out 10 early morn­ing raids. An in­tel­li­gence led op­er­a­tion to bring down a num­ber of co­caine deal­ers be­gan in Fe­bru­ary and cul­mi­nated in eight men and two women be­ing ar­rested yes­ter­day morn­ing, Wed­nes­day, as of­fi­cers broke in the doors at 10 homes.

The Peter­bor­ough Telegraph was granted full ac­cess to‘ Op­er­a­tion Keep’ as mem­bers of the East­ern Re­gion Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Unit ex­e­cuted the si­mul­ta­ne­ous war­rants at around 8am, seiz­ing a large amount of sus­pected class A and B drugs and a sub­stan­tial amount of cash.

R aids took place in Bish­ops Road, Star Road, Pad­holme Road, Grans­ley Rose, Lom­bardy Drive, Newark Av­enue, Hey ford Close, Have lock Drive in Stan ground and Corona­tion Av­enue in Whittlesey. Searches were also car­ried out at a car garage in Fen­gate and City Mo­tors in New Road.

A se­ries of eight pre­vi­ous drug busts, dur­ing which 4.5kg of co­caine, 40kg of cut­ting agent, worth up­wards of £40,000, along­side £22,000 in cash had been seized, led po­lice to the 10 ad­dresses tar­geted yes­ter­day.

Of­fi­cers ar­rested a 39- yearold man, a 29- year-old man, a 45- year-old man from Peter­bor­ough, a 35-year-old woman, a 34-year-old man, a 25-year-old man, a 59-yearold woman, a 45- year- old man and a 34-year-old man, all from Peter­bor­ough along with a 30-year-old man from Whittlesey.

Po­lice were called in from neigh­bour­ing coun­ties as around 100 of­fi­cers gath­ered at Cam­bridgeshire Po­lice’s head­quar­ters in Hunt­ing­don for the 7am brief­ing.

Op­er­a­tion lead­ers were in­structed to seize any mo­bile phones and sim cards at the ad­dresses, vi­tal to link­ing the sus­pects to drug deals. Lux­ury goods and ev­i­dence of a life­style beyond nor­mal means were also to be seized as ev­i­dence - in one case a sus­pect and his fam­ily lived a salu­bri­ous life­style de­spite claim­ing state ben­e­fits.

Of­fi­cers were told that sur­veil­lance had ob­served the 10 sus­pects liv­ing lux­u­ri­ous life­styles, pur­chas­ing Lam­borgh­i­nis, tak­ing ex­pen­sive hol­i­days abroad to Dubai and en­joy­ing a very com­fort­able, so­cial life­style.

With un­marked cars spe­cial­ist of­fi­cers broke into squads, de­scend­ing on the 10 ad­dresses in a care­fully co­or­di­nated op­er­a­tion.

The teams, some backed by armed of­fi­cers, pre­pared forced en­try kits a street away from tar­get prop­er­ties be­fore screech­ing up to the sus­pected drug dens in un­marked cars, sprint­ing up drive­ways and through gar­den gates be­fore break­ing down the front doors.

At one raid the Peter­bor­ough Telegraph at­tended shouts of “po­lice, stay where you are” echoed through­out the semide­tached sub­ur­ban home as of­fi­cers quickly searched each room, bring­ing all res­i­dents to­gether in the front room and swiftly iden­ti­fy­ing and ar­rest­ing their man.

Out­side, shocked neigh­bours watched in dress­ing gowns from their porches or front win­dows, puz­zled by the com­mo­tion punc­tu­at­ing the morn­ing peace and quiet.

News soon came in from other lo­ca­tions that those raids were also suc­cess­ful.

‘Drugs are a key con­cern for com­mu­ni­ties’ Su­per­in­ten­dent Mel Dales ‘Drugs will not be tol­er­ated in our county’

Po­lice ar­rest a sus­pect dur­ing Wed­nes­day morn­ing’s raids in Peter­bor­ough

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