17-year-old boys arrested and drugs, knives and burner phones seized in police raid

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Drugs worth more than £6,000, knives and burner phones have been seized during a police raid in Bedford as part of an operation to tackle drug dealing.

On Tuesday morning (8 March), officers from Bedfordshire Police’s intelligence capability and central tasking team targeted a phone line linked to the sale of class A and class B substances.

Hundreds of ‘deal-ready’ bags of heroin and crack cocaine were found, as well as several knives and multiple mobile phones thought to be used to arrange drug deals.

Three 17-year-old boys were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A controlled drugs, and were later released under investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Aaron Kiff said: “To stop so many wraps of such dangerous substances making it onto our streets is an important result and will have a real impact on the availability of illegal drugs in Bedfordshire.

Significant numbers of deal-ready bags of drugs were seized, including 174 individual wraps of heroin and 262 individual deals of crack cocaine.

“We know that drugs are behind much of the violence and exploitation we see in our communities and are directly linked to many other criminal acts, such as burglary and robbery.

“I would urge anyone with information on drug dealing or drug-related activity in their area to report it to us right away. All intelligence reports help us build a picture of criminality and help coordinate our response to tackle it.”

To report information on drug dealing, visit the Bedfordshire Police website at beds.police.uk or call 101.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.

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