Ten arrested under Operation Gravity
In the last week ten people have seen the work of Operation Gravity at first hand after being arrested for suspected drug offences.
On Monday 16 January, two 16 year old boys from the London area and a man in his early 30s from the Norwich area, were arrested in connection with search of a property in Saunders Court, Thorpe Hamlet. A large quantity of Class A drugs (thought to be heroin) and cash were also seized. All three were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply and have been bailed until Tuesday 7 March 2017.
Officers on Tuesday (18 January 2017) detained two men who were seen acting suspiciously in the Stonecutters Way area of Great Yarmouth. A tub of Class A wraps (thought to be cocaine) was discovered during searches. A man in his late 20s from the Great Yarmouth area was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply and bailed until Tuesday 28 February 2017.
Following a warrant at a property in Bottom Breck Close in Costessey on Friday (20 January 2017), wraps of Class A drugs (thought to be heroin and crack cocaine) and a quantity of prescription pills were seized. A man in his early 40s from the Norwich area was arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs in connection with the find and released on bail until Friday 3 March 2017.
At the weekend, two men in their early 20s and one is his early 30s, were arrested in connection with an incident in Knowland Grove on Sunday (22 January 2017). It was reported that four men entered a property and threatened the occupants with knives. All three men, who are from the Norwich area, were arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and have been released on bail until Friday 3 March 2017.
There was also an incident in South Quay, Great Yarmouth, on Friday night (20 January 2017) involving a man who suffered knife wounds which is thought to be linked to Operation Gravity investigations.
Finally, two men in their late twenties, one from the Surrey area and one from the London area, were arrested following a fail to stop incident in the Ditchingham area early Monday morning (23 January 2017). They remain in police custody.
T/Chief Superintendent Dave Marshall, Norfolk’s County Policing Commander, welcomed the arrests, saying: "Drug dealing can impact on a community in many ways and the work with our partners undertaken by Operation Gravity over the past weeks and in the future will go some way to reducing this.
"However, it’s clear to me and should be to others, that being involved in this type of criminal activity as a drug runner or dealer means that young people are not only more likely to be arrested but they are also more at risk of being seriously injured. I therefore also see Operation Gravity as an opportunity for those people to find out about how they can get help to escape the drugs cycle and we will carry on the search for more ways to provide this information.
T/Chief Supt Marshall added: "We will only be successful if we work together to tackle this issue and I would continue to urge people to tell us what they know so that we can take positive action and target those we believe are involved.”