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Man sentenced for drug offences in Norwich

A 19-year-old man arrested as part of an operation targeting drug offences in Norwich has been sentenced to more than three years’ imprisonment.

Ricardo Fernandes, of Mile Cross Road, was detained near Chapelfield on 17 July by undercover officers working on an operation targeting anti-social behaviour drug use in the area.

The teenager was searched by officers and found with two knives and 30 wraps of crack cocaine. He was arrested and later charged with possession with intent to supply a Class A drug, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of a knife.

Fernandes appeared in court on Thursday 15 August where he pleaded guilty to all offences and was sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison.

The action was part of Operation Tissue set up to target anti-social behaviour and drug use in Chapelfield, Chapelfield Gardens and Union Street in the city.

The operation involved plain-clothed and uniform officers along with the dog unit and police drone, which captured Fernandes’ arrest. Partner agencies, including youth offending, were also involved.

Sergeant Mark Shepherd said: "This was a successful operation, well-received by the community, which has ultimately led to crack cocaine being taken off the streets of Norwich.

“We are committed to dealing with anti-social behaviour and drug dealing in the city centre and will continue to take action where necessary.”