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Police arrest 65 people over 7 days in ongoing knife and drugs crackdown in Kent

A total of 65 people have been arrested over the past week in the latest crackdown on knife crime and drugs supply in Kent.

During the ongoing operations which began last Friday, officers have recovered 700 wraps of crack cocaine and heroin and seized £80,000 in cash and 38 weapons.

The clampdown comes as officers have increased a focus on stop and search, along with the execution of search warrants throughout the county.

Police seized £80,000 in cash during the crackdown. Stock image
Police seized £80,000 in cash during the crackdown. Stock image

On Tuesday, police detained a teenage boy at a property in Clyde Street, Sheerness, where they seized a knife, £1,900 in cash and drugs including 193 wraps of crack and heroin.

In Margate Road, Ramsgate, a man and two women were arrested yesterday, after a search warrant at a property led to the discovery of 500 wraps of suspected Class A drugs concealed underneath a floorboard.

Three men stopped by officers at Gravesend train station on Monday were also arrested, after supplies of crack cocaine and heroin were seized.

The suspects are reported to have left a train which had travelled from London.

Around around 700 wraps of crack cocaine and heroin have been seized in the last week Pictures: Kent Police
Around around 700 wraps of crack cocaine and heroin have been seized in the last week Pictures: Kent Police

Robust enforcement by police officers is also ongoing in areas outside of the county.

In Lambeth, London, police discovered around two kilograms of suspected Class A drugs (pictured above) along with more than £10,000 cash after executing a search warrant in Heman’s Street.

A 24-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman were arrested over the supply of drugs and later charged and remanded in custody.

Police superintendent Mick Gardner said: "These latest arrests and searches were part of targeted week of action to further crackdown on the supply of drugs and those we suspect may be linked to the use or carrying of weapons.

"We remain absolutely committed and determined in our efforts to take robust and proactive action against people who choose to break the law and to ensure communities across Kent remain safe."

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