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Arrests after major drugs den uncovered

September 23, 2021
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Five people have been arrested following a police operation which also uncovered a substantial amount of drugs, weapons and £100,000 in cash.

The police drone was utilised during the morning raid and guided officers to a man believed to have fled during the warrant. He was detained nearby by a police dog.

The specialist surveillance device, which traced the path of the suspect, also enabled officers to find a mobile phone and £2,000 cash.

The man needed hospital treatment for a wound to his arm having been bitten by PD Quantum.

A multitude of local policing teams from the city west, who were supported by a dog and drone officer, were involved a planned operation in Bulwell Lane, Old Basford, that was executed at around 8.30am on Tuesday (21 September) after information received from the local community.

Once inside the property, officers discovered a number of locked rooms. Within these, they found cash safes containing around £100,000 in cash along with jewellery and two tasers.

They also uncovered a large bundle of cannabis, a large bag of mamba and two suspected blocks of cocaine along with around £2,000 in cash.

A BB gun and an imitation machete were also seized from the property.

Three men and a woman were arrested at the scene for drugs, weapons and money laundering offences.

Another man was also arrested near to the address and was taken into custody on suspicion of possession criminal property and conspiracy to supply class A drugs.Nottinghamshire's criminal investigation department is now carrying out substantive enquiries.

Neighbourhood Inspector Gordon Fenwick said: "We have unearthed what we believe to be a major drugs den operating in the Old Basford area.

"As a result we have now taken a large quantity of class A and B drugs, which have an estimated street value of around £250,000 out of circulation along with a substantial amount of cash. This would probably have gone straight into the pockets of criminals to fund further illicit activity and organised crime.

"This was the result of several specialist teams working collaboratively and every officer involved showcased tenacity and professionalism in bringing about this outcome.

"We received information in order to carry out this warrant and it shows how seriously we take any concerns received from members of the public. We will always act on intelligence and are actively cracking down on drug dealing in our neighbourhoods."

People with information relating to the supply of drugs in their area are asked to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101.

Alternatively, please call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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