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Police fight back against drug crime

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More busts and arrests in South Devon

Police in South Devon are stepping up efforts to tackle drug crime in the region.

The force has made several important arrests during the recent weeks and months.

A substantial amount of Class A drugs has been seized including heroin and crack cocaine and officers are targeting known offenders who cause problems for local communities.  

Officers are making regular safeguarding visits to vulnerable people who may be exploited by others. Neighbourhood Policing Teams link in with Criminal Investigation and Policing Teams to disrupt criminal networks, in their ongoing efforts to put the criminals behind bars.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Pebworth said: “We’re continuing to tackle offences in Torbay and South Devon. We aim to disrupt criminal activity as much as possible and would like to thank the local communities for their help in rooting out the drug dealers in their towns.”

Over the last three years, just one police team in South Devon has achieved these results:

*Around £2.2 million worth of drugs seized, mostly Class A
*More than £650k of cash and assets seized from criminals
*254 suspects arrested
*139 weapons seized
*495 Safeguarding visits made
*Many offenders brought to justice leading to sentences totalling 137 years 

If you wish to report criminal activity to Devon & Cornwall Police please visit the ‘Tell Us About’ button on the force's website.

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