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Norfolk is East of England heroin capital but Superintendent says its due to tackling County Lines

Norfolk is East of England heroin capital but Superintendent says its due to tackling County Lines

Published by KLFM
12:26pm 30th January 2020. (Updated at 6:00am 31st January 2020)

According to Home Office figures, Norfolk is the heroin capital of the East. 

Norfolk Police made 229 seizures of heroin last year which is the highest rate among the five police forces in the East of England.

But Chief Superintendent, Dave Marshall, said the high numbers is a "direct result of the proactive work officers have carried out to tackle County Lines drug dealing under Operation Gravity."

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The Police Federation has warned that a "proliferation of illicit drugs on the streets of the UK" is being used to fund serious crime, following the first rise in seizures across England and Wales for seven years.

Heroin is a class A drug - they're considered to be the most harmful.

Possession carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison plus an unlimited fine, while those caught supplying it face life in prison.

It was the second most commonly seized Class A drug across England and Wales – having held the top spot before 2006.

Overall, Norfolk Constabulary recorded 2,607 drug seizures during the year, an increase of 35%, and the second consecutive annual rise.

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The most frequently seized drug was cannabis (1,936) followed by cocaine (233).

Across England and Wales, the number of drug seizures increased for the first time since 2011-12.

In a statement to KLFM Chief Superintendent, Dave Marshall said: 

"The increase in drug seizures in Norfolk are a direct result from the proactive work officers have carried out to tackle County Lines drug dealing under Operation Gravity.

"The seizure of drugs such as heroin not only disrupts criminal groups, but it also protects the most vulnerable members of our community from the violence and exploitation associated with it.

"However, the seizure of drugs is only one piece of the jigsaw and it is important that the police and partner agencies continue to work holistically to ensure those vulnerable members of the community, such as drug users, are informed and have a choice to access support services to seek help they need either before or after drug supply lines are removed."

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