Five arrested following Operation Octane drug raids

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Five people have been arrested following a series of drug raids carried out by Norfolk Police.

The arrests came as a result of six raids in Thetford and Dereham as part of Operation Octane, the constabulary’s ongoing campaign to target prolific criminals and those causing harm to their communities.

Searches were carried out in Painter Street and St Giles Court in Thetford and Sandy Lane in Dereham.

Quantities of white and brown power were discovered which have now been sent away for analysis.

A man in his late 50s and a woman in her early 40s both from the Thetford area, a man in his mid 20s from the London area and a woman in her late 40s from the Dereham area were all arrested on suspicion of drugs offences with three of them currently at Police Investigation Centres awaiting questioning.

The woman in her 40s from the Dereham area has been bailed until the end of August pending further enquiries.

Chief Inspector Ady Porter, Breckland District Commander, said: “Operation Octane is designed to send a clear message to drug dealers and those offenders involved in rural crime.

“We will continue to pursue you and your associates and will work with our partners to prevent your offending”.

Chief Superintendent Nick Davison, Norfolk County Policing Commander, said he welcomed the results of the raids.

“Operation Octane is a regularly held day of action for the Constabulary which focuses on crimes that cause continuous disruption to people living in our communities,” he said.

“It allows us to target persistent offenders while working alongside our partners to reassure residents that their concerns are being listened to and acted on.

“This level of action underlines our clear message that criminal activity will not be tolerated anywhere in the county.”