Suspected drug dealers were arrested and a ‘significant amounts’ of cocaine, MDMA and herbal cannabis seized in a series of drug raids across Surrey as stoners celebrated an international day of cannabis smoking.
Five people were arrested, and officers seized a 'significant amount' of cocaine, herbal cannabis, MDMA tablets and 'assets believed to be the proceeds of criminality' in the raids yesterday (Thursday, April 20), Surrey Police stated.
The Epsom Guardian asked whether the force would be able to provide specific addresses of the raids, specific quantities of drugs seized, and what 'assets believed to be the proceeds of criminality' are but a Surrey Police spokesman said they were unable to comment.
The Epsom Guardian also asked whether the raids were intended to coincide with 4/20 – an international cannabis smoking day celebrated on April 20. The force’s spokesman said he could not confirm this, but that it was “unlikely”.
Five people were arrested for conspiracy to supply controlled drugs.
Three people, two men in their 30s and 60s and a woman in her 30s remain in custody, while a man and woman have been released from police custody but remain under investigation.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Chapman said: “This demonstrates that we simply do not tolerate drugs offences in Surrey and will do all we can to protect vulnerable and innocent members of the public from the effects that drug dealing can have.
“We know drug dealing can have a devastating impact on the public and I hope this offers reassurance that we do take this seriously.
“We need to hear from you if you are having any issues relating to drug dealing in your community so we can come and take action.
“We appreciate that many people may not want to talk to officers, so you can report any information anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.”
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