Police arrest eight men and two women in raids across the city in cocaine ring probe
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.
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Police arrest a suspect during Wednesday morning’s raids in Peterborough