Police seize ‘substantial haul’ of illegal drugs in Hastings and Rother

Just part of the herbal cannabis haul in Hastings and Rother. Photo courtesy of Sussex Police. SUS-170324-110111001
Just part of the herbal cannabis haul in Hastings and Rother. Photo courtesy of Sussex Police. SUS-170324-110111001

Police say they have struck a notable blow in their battle against illicit drugs in Hastings, St Leonards and Bexhill.

On Tuesday (March 21) officers stopped a car being driven by a woman in which was found a large holdall containing a significant amount of herbal cannabis and another drug, thought to be cocaine.

As a result of further enquiries, police visited three addresses in Hastings where searches yielded a substantial haul of prohibited drugs.

These included more than 20 kilogrammes of herbal cannabis, more than a kilogramme of suspected cocaine, two large bags of suspected crystal MDMA, more than £5,000 cash and other items suggestive of drug production and supply.

The value of the drugs involved is estimated to be at least £20,000.

Members of the East Sussex community investigations team are now making further efforts to identify others who may be linked to the criminal enterprise.

Hastings and Rother district police commander, Chief Inspector Steve Curry, said: “Our Neighbourhood Policing Team officers and the East Sussex Community Investigations Team are continuing to work together to target organised criminal groups involved in the supply of controlled drugs because of the significant detrimental impact it has on community safety.

“In the past three weeks officers have arrested 36 people on suspicion of possession of drugs with intent to supply and seized considerable quantities of drugs and cash, which we know is disrupting those groups.

“I expect those individuals, who will face the full force of the criminal justice system, to serve as a warning to those who may consider following in their footsteps.”

A 44-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of possessing class A and B drugs with intent to supply, money-laundering and drug-driving. She has been bailed until Wednesday, June 14 pending further enquiries.

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