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Police tell drug dealers 'there's nowhere to hide'

By cfayfineran  |  Posted: November 13, 2013

  • Police tell drug dealers 'there's no where to hide'

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The south west's serious and organised crime team showed drug dealers there is nowhere to hide yesterday.

Detectives from Zephyr were joined by officers from the new National Crime Agency (NCA), Trading Standards and Bristol's neighbourhood beat teams for a day of action in the city.

Warrants were executed at nine properties including several in the Easton area of Bristol and a pub on Stapleton Road.

Officers also searched properties in Lawrence Hill, City Road, Belmont Street, Bird Hill Close and Clay Hill Industrial Estate as part of their investigation.

Five people (three men and two women) are currently in custody helping police with their enquiries, arrested on suspicion of drugs offences and money laundering.

During the morning police seized 200 cannabis plants, bags of suspected cannabis in deal bags, four hydraulic presses – commonly used by drug dealers to compress drugs and around £9,000 in cash. A large amount of counterfeit alcohol was also seized.

Inspector Olly Cosgrove from the Trinity Neighbourhood Police Team said: "Today's operation would not have been possible without the support of the local community who provide us with information so vital to our enquiries.

"I would urge people to continue to talk to us if they have any concerns that organised crime is happening in their neighbourhood. The signs to look out for include people who live luxury lifestyles but appear to have no legitimate means of income.

"The drug dealers on street corners, people in the local pub selling counterfeit goods, and people who frighten and intimidate others are also often linked to organised crime groups.

"Working together with Zephyr we will do everything in our power to prevent serious and organised crime blighting our communities."

To find out more about Zephyr visit www.zephyrsouthwest.com

If you are concerned that organised crime is happening in your area you can contact your local neighbourhood policing team by calling 101 or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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