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Drug dealers targeted in police raids

Drug dealers in the South are being targeted in a series of major police operations. Hundreds of arrests have been made in Southampton as part of a two year crackdown.

And last week, two men were sentenced to more than 40 years in jail for trying to smuggle drugs on a sailing boat off the Isle of Wight.

In Brighton, dozens of people have been detained after a six month covert operation. But is there a better way to tackle the drug problem? Malcolm Shaw has been investigating.

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Raids target people-smuggling gangs

Dozens of raids have been carried out across the UK, including in the South East, and in France and Belgium in a crackdown on people-smuggling gangs. Officers from the UK Border Agency carried out raids across Hampshire. So far, officers have made 20 arrests in relation to their investigation.

We believe this to be one of the biggest operations of its kind ever undertaken in the UK, involving officers the length and breadth of the country. We believe we have successfully disrupted a significant organised network suspected of being involved in a systematic attempt to evade the UK's immigration controls.

– Chris Foster, UKBA

The organised criminal gangs involved in people-smuggling prey on the desperation of others in order to line their own pockets. They are also a major factor involved in illegal immigrationto the UK.

– Mark Harper, Immigration Minister

Three deported after immigration raids in Kent

Two Nepalese men were working at the Loch Fyne restaurant in Bluewater Credit: Press Association

Three men have been deported after immigration raids in Kent.

UK Border Agency officers arrested two men from Nepal whose visas had expired. They were working at the Loch Fyne Restaurant in the Bluewater shopping centre.

A 25 year old man from Bangladesh was also working illegally at The Spice Lounge in Faversham.

Officers say Bluewater co-operated fully with the UK Border Agency's investigations and will not face any penalty.

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