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Five arrests and drugs seized after Bedford operations

6 Jan 2022

More than 250 cannabis plants have been seized and five people arrested after police acted on information from the community about drug dealing.

Two separate operations were carried out in Bedford yesterday (Wednesday).

Officers from the Bedford community policing team had received information that drug dealing was happening at an address in Hurst Grove.

They worked with the force’s Boson guns and gangs unit and executed a warrant at the address on Wednesday morning, arresting five people and seizing hundreds of pounds worth of suspected heroin.

Five men from Bedford were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, with two of the men also arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and theft from a shop respectively.

All five currently remain in police custody. Searches were subsequently carried out at five further addresses, with cash and phones being seized.

In a separate operation on Wednesday morning, police also recovered more than 250 cannabis plants from an address in Needwood Road, Bedford.

Detective Inspector Ali Whitworth said: “These two significant operations in a single day are part of our ongoing efforts to stop the supply of drugs onto the streets of Bedfordshire.

“Wherever we find drugs, we find further crime that damages the fabric of our communities. In these operations alone we have made further arrests in connection to thefts, while drugs can be the driver for anything from knife crime to the exploitation of children.

“We will keep disrupting drug dealers and stop those looking to make money from the illegal drugs trade.”

Inspector Ed Finn from the Bedford community policing team added: “This represents significant disruption to what we suspect was a very active drugs supply line.

“This is a great example of how our hard working community officers have built community confidence in the area, encouraged people to come forward with information and then taken effective action.

“Every single piece of information the police get goes into our systems and can help us build up a picture of organised crime.

“We need people to keep telling us things so we can take action and keep everyone in our communities safe.”

If you have concerns about drug dealing then you can report this online or by calling 101.

Alternatively, you can report information to Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111 or the Crimestoppers website.

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