Five arrested following class A drugs seizure in Bedford

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Five people have been arrested and a significant amount of suspected class A drugs seized, following a Bedfordshire Police operation in Bedford on Thursday, January 12, 2022.

At around 12.30pm, officers from the force’s Intelligence capability attended a residential address in Bedford to arrest a man in his 20s sought in relation to a grievous bodily harm (GBH) offence.

While outside the address, officers noted two people leaving the flat acting suspiciously. After searching the subjects – a man and woman in their 20s, a man was found with £3,000 in cash and they were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply.

Officers then entered the property, locating the original suspect and arresting him on suspicion of GBH. A search identified approximately 200 individual wraps of suspected heroin and crack cocaine in his possession – with a potential street value of around £2,000 – and he was further arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

A subsequent search of the building located two further packages of suspected heroin and crack cocaine within sandwich bags in a fridge. In total the suspected drugs weigh approximately half a kilogramme.

A teenage boy and girl, who were in the property, were also arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply. All were subsequently taken into police custody for questioning.

Detective Inspector Tom Stean, from Bedfordshire Police’s Intelligence capability, said: “Today’s arrests and seizures were a result of officers following their instincts and being proactive in their pursuit of those looking to bring illegal substances into our communities.

“Not only have several people thought to be involved in the drugs trade been arrested, but a significant amount of highly damaging substances has been seized and will no longer make its way onto the streets.

“We know that drug-related crime is intrinsically linked to a wide range of other criminal activity, such as exploitation and violence, and we will continue to pursue those looking to peddle misery by bringing illegal substances in Bedfordshire.”

Anyone with concerns about drug dealing can report this via the Bedfordshire Police website or by calling 101.

Alternatively, report information to Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111 or the Crimestoppers website.