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£2.5 million worth of drugs found in two Nottingham city raids

Police recovered £2.5m worth of drugs in a single week, as a proactive policing operation enjoyed more success.

The City Centre Operation Reacher team raided two properties and found significant quantities of class A and class B drugs on each occasion.

In one of the raids, the team discovered approximately 1,500 cannabis plants at a business premises in Lortas Road, New Basford.

Acting on a tip-off, the Reacher team executed a warrant at the address on 18 November and discovered the grow, which was removed and destroyed by Nottinghamshire Police’s cannabis dismantling team.

Inquiries to find those responsible for the set-up remain ongoing.

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The second raid took place at a flat in Cranbrook Street, Hockley, at 8am on 22 November.

Officers discovered half-a-kilogram of cocaine, cannabis, a large quantity of suspected stolen property, a machete and other drugs paraphernalia.

Two young children were taken into police protection due to conditions in the property, with officers arresting two adults also found inside the flat.

They included a 47-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to supply a class A drug, possession of a class B drug, child cruelty and handling stolen goods. He was later bailed with conditions.

A 25-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of the same offences and was released under investigation.

It is estimated the drugs seized from the two raids have a street value of approximately £2.5 million.

Operation Reacher is a proactive policing model that has added sergeant-led teams of seven officers to all 12 neighbourhood policing areas across Nottinghamshire.

By responding dynamically to community concerns the ongoing initiative is aimed at building trust and confidence that the police will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with residents to make our communities safer.

Sergeant Louise Ellis, who leads the City Centre Reacher Team, said: “This was a particularly successful week for the team and will no doubt cause significant disruption for local criminals and drug dealers.

“Acting on intelligence, this positive action has resulted in large quantities of drugs and criminal property which will deprive criminals of financial benefit.

“I would ask residents to continue reporting their concerns so that we can continue to make our communities safer.”

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