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Police say drug raids at new estate in Exeter is a warning to others

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 15, 2014

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POLICE say that raids carried out at a new estate in Exeter should act as a warning to anyone involved in drugs that firm action will be taken.

Following reports of anti-social behaviour at the Rydons, two drug warrants were executed.

The first warrant was issued on January, 3 at Batavia Drive, The Rydons, which saw one man aged 26 arrested on suspicion of possession with the intent to supply class A drug.

The man has been bailed until March 2014 for further enquiries.

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Then on January 7 at Omaha Drive, The Rydons, another warrant was executed.

One woman aged 32 was arrested on suspicion of possession with the intent to supply class B drugs following a positive result.

She has been bailed until March 2014 for further enquiries.

Acting Sergeant Mark Wadely-Jones, neighbourhood beat manager for the area, said: "We are not pinpointing the new estate as a drug haven as we could all pick areas where we live that could have problems with drugs.

“But these were two positive warrants within the Rydons that was carried out after building up a picture and developing information rather than ignoring it.

“They were not linked at all and were carried out on different days by the neighbourhood police team covering the area.”

People were present in both properties during the raids and what is believed to be heroin was found at the first address and suspected amphetamines was discovered at the second location.

Sgt Wadely-Jones said: “The drugs need to be sent away for testing but we are talking dealing quantities, and more than you would expect for personal use.

“What we are trying to do is be more proactive, listen to what is being said and act accordingly. We will execute warrants when they are proportionate and necessary.

“If members of the public continue to be involved with drugs they may get a police officer knocking on their door.

“We hope this sends out a message that we are not going to ignore it and deal with it positively.

“This is lower level dealing and we want to emphasise that this new estate is not riddled with drugs.

“Problems happen everywhere and this is not about there being a drug epidemic in the Rydons.

“But if people do chose to go that way then they can expect a visit from us.”

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