Drugs raids carried out in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings as part of major crackdown

Police officer holds cash and drugs
Sussex Police seized cash and drugs

By Lucy Stoyles

Police carried out drugs raids at six addresses in attempt to crack down on distribution networks based in London.

The operations were carried out by South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) and National Crime Agency (NCA) discovered “County Lines” of drug supplies from London.

Police have said that over £10,000 of cash has been identified as well as extreme amounts of heroin and crack cocaine supplies. The exact amounts of both cash and drugs involved are still being assessed.

Police activity has developed the operation, resulting in over ten County Lines being identified and stopped. Drug warrants executed drug lines to six different addresses in Brighton, Hastings, Eastbourne and Bognor on October 30.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Rayland of Sussex Police has said: “This is not a phenomenon and is not confined to Sussex. London-affiliated gangs have been [distributing drugs]  in Sussex for several years.

“Sometimes children and vulnerable adults are involved, and we work with local partners to safe guard any vulnerable adults or children.

“We are continuing to make Sussex a tough place for these dealers to operate, involving our neighbourhood-based prevent teams.”

Police have informed the locals of this occurance and told them that if anyone has seen anything relating to these operations, they should inform the local authorities immediately in order to stop this ongoing issue.

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