Drugs and cash found in police raids

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A TOTAL of three and a half kilos of Heroin, a firearm and over £50,000 in cash has been recovered as a result of a police operation investigating money laundering and drug trafficking.

The finds were made as 11 warrants have were executed yesterday (Thursday July 12) by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) assisted by officers from Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and West Yorkshire as part of Operation Leap.

Warrants executed included two at addresses in the Wisbech area as well as at properties in Norfolk, Lincolnshire and West Yorkshire.

One was executed at a property in Begdale Road, Elm and another at a business premises in Wisbech.

Several kilos of what is believed to be Heroin and in excess of £50,000 in cash have been seized from addresses in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.

Eight people including five men and three women have been arrested as a result of the warrants in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Lincolnshire. All eight have been taken to King’s Lynn Police station.

DI Liz Fernande, who is leading on Operation Leap, said: “This has been an excellent example of how coordinated activity across several police forces can make a real difference to local communities. This is an organised crime group responsible for peddling misery across East Anglia, living an extravagant lifestyle as a result of their activity”.

Detective Superintendent Mark Lay, from ERSOU, said: “This is an excellent result for ERSOU which is the culmination of working with our colleagues from police forces across the country. It maintains our focus on tackling organised crime groups that operate across force and regional boundaries.”

The Eastern Region Special Operations Unit was set up in 2010 to deliver an increased response to tackling the threat of organised crime across the six police forces in the Eastern Region of the United Kingdom and to providing specialist covert policing capability to law enforcement.

The unit is made up of resources from across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, to identify, disrupt and dismantle organised crime groups impacting on the Eastern Region. The unit creates additional specialist capability across the region through effective partnership and collaboration to make the region a place hostile to organised crime.”