Police arrest 10 following dawn raids

POLICE have arrested 10 people following dawn raids at more than a dozen homes in the county - including properties in Earls Barton, Burton Latimer, Wilby and Corby.

The warrants were carried out in connection with a joint police force investigation into the large scale supply of class A drugs, mainly high purity cocaine.

Arrests have also been made in Cambridgeshire and Hampshire in connection with the same conspiracy.

Raids were carried out at 18 properties across Cambridgeshire which resulted in 16 arrests and 13 properties in Hampshire which resulted in nine arrests.

The operation involved over 150 officers from Northamptonshire Police.

The operation follows raids and arrests in Northamptonshire and Hampshire in December last year in connection with the same investigation and is one of the largest drugs operations ever undertaken by Northamptonshire Police.

Warrants were executed at 7am at properties in Northampton, Earls Barton, Burton Latimer, Corby and Wilby.

Searches were also carried out at the premises which resulted in controlled drugs being seized as well as a firearm and three vehicles.

A further seven addresses have also been visited as a result of today’s raids.

Arrests were made on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs and those arrested have been taken to Weston Favell and Corby police stations where they will be interviewed today.

Detective Inspector Mark Brayfield, of the East Midlands Special Operations Unit for Serious Organised Crime, said: “These raids are the culmination of a long-term drugs conspiracy investigation by Northamptonshire Police, in conjunction with regional colleagues in Cambridgeshire and Hampshire, to stop class A drugs being sold in our counties.

“We believe there are organised crime groups responsible for much of the supply of drugs in the county and we are determined to continue our efforts to root them out and cut off the wider criminality and anti-social behaviour associated with supplying drugs.

“We would appeal to any members of the public concerned or affected by drugs in their community to contact us on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.”