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More arrests in drugs operation

Police officers on a dawn raid as part of the operation Photo: ITV

Officers carried out a number of warrants across the Medway towns as part of ongoing drugs-related enforcement action.

Yesterday, 21 people appeared in court charged with drug supply offences after they were arrested during the first series of raids on February 28.

Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate carried out a three-month operation, including undercover officers targeting street-level dealers, in the days leading up to the raids.

During the operation police say they have seized crack cocaine, heroin, cannabis

and stolen property.

Our action will not end here. Our message is simple – if you are involved in supplying drugs then we will target you. If you didn’t get an early wake up call from officers today or on Tuesday, expect one soon. You will be arrested."

– Gary Beautridge, Assistant Chief Constable.

Many of those arrested will again be put before magistrates using virtual court technology when charged. It allows police, CPS and the courts to process defendants quickly.

Gary Beautridge, Assistant Chief Constable, head of the Serious Crime Directorate, said: ‘Wehave continued today with action to infiltrate and bring down an organised drug network and our action will not end here. Our message is simple – if you are involved in supplying drugs then we will target you. If you didn’t get an early wake up call from officers today or on Tuesday, expect one soon. You will be arrested."

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