"We have taken out - a tier of the drug supply network in Kent." The words of a police chief today after more than 100 officers raided 30 addresses, seizing crack-cocaine, heroin, cannabis and stolen property.
Properties in Ashford and Margate were targeted in a two day operation. In a new move, police stickers will be slapped on suspects' homes - and sentencing will be swift, via 'virtual courts.'
Among those briefed about the operation was Kent's new Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes, who took office today. Tom Savvides reports. His interviewee is Detective Inspector Tristan Kluibenschadl from the Kent & Essex Serious Crime Directorate.
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