Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 10°C

Search

Video: Major drug operation hailed as success as Ipswich dealers Clare Rivett and Antonio Bennett are jailed for 33 months

11:26 15 May 2014

Clare Rivett being taken to the police van on the day of her arrest

Clare Rivett being taken to the police van on the day of her arrest

Archant

A large-scale police operation to crackdown on Class A drug-dealing gangs in Ipswich has seen 12 people charged to date.

Drug dealer Antonio BennettDrug dealer Antonio Bennett

Operation Furniture has been hailed as a success by senior officers following a series of raids around the town including premises in Tye Road, Foundation Street, Finchley Road and All Saints Road

Other raids also took place in Woolwich and Plumstead during the targeting of London drug-dealers plying their trade in Suffolk.

A total of 28 arrests were made during the week-long crackdown with many of the suspects still on bail.

Less then six weeks after their arrests, Antonio Bennett and Clare Rivett, who lived in a flat in Finchley Road, were jailed for 33 months each.

Rivett, 38, admitted eight counts of supplying heroin and crack cocaine while Bennett, 36, pleaded guilty to 13 counts.

Detective Superintendent Steve Mattin, of Suffolk and Norfolk’s Police’s serious and organised crime unit, said; “Bennett and Rivett were two of the arrests made during a week of activity to target those involved in dealing heroin and crack cocaine in Ipswich, linked to London networks, following a major operation that started in autumn last year.

“A number of law enforcement techniques were used to gather evidence of drug-dealing and the operation culminated in a series of co-ordinated arrests from Sunday April 6.

“From our point of view the operation has been very successful both in terms of arrests and finds, with thousands of pounds worth of drugs seized to add further weight to the material we gathered prior to the arrest phase.

“Twelve of the original 28 have so far been charged with various drugs supply offences, with a number going through the courts process, while others remain on police bail as our work continues.

“This operation aimed to provide reassurance to communities in Ipswich that we are taking action against those suspected of being involved in dealing Class A drugs and we will continue to ensure that Suffolk is a hostile environment for those operating in the drug market, working to disrupt the activities of criminals who cause misery to individuals and communities in the county.

“Anyone with information about the supply of drugs should contact Suffolk Police by dialling 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously if required, on 0800 555 111.

“Although it sometimes takes time to gather the evidence needed for enforcement action we are committed to doing all we can to tackle drug dealers.”

Cellist and clock collector Frederic Gershom Parkington is among those in Suffolk to have been honoured with a blue plaque. Picture: Gregg Brown

BBC Radio Suffolk has launched a campaign to find a local music hero in the county to honour with a special blue plaque for this year’s BBC Music Day.

Roadworks around Ranelagh Road in Ipswich will begin on Monday, and are expected to last around 10 weeks. Picture: Jason Noble

A major route into Ipswich town centre is to close for seven weeks from tomorrow - prompting warnings to motorists to allow extra time for their journeys.

The latest public search for Corrie McKeague at Barton Mills. Andy King (Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue) talking with Nicola Urquhart.
Picture: PHIL MORLEY

The latest public search for RAF Honington serviceman Corrie McKeague has now concluded at Barton Mills.

Flowers left at the scene in Long Melford where a man in his 20s died in a car crash on February 19, 2017. Picture: CHRIS SHIMWELL

Friends have described a ‘good man taken too soon’ after a driver in his 20s died following a crash into a boundary wall in Long Melford.

Regent House care home in Wellesley Road. Picture: SEANA HUGHES

A 63-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a 70-year-old after an alleged “altercation” at a Clacton care home.

Life on Reading Road in Ipswich is returning to normal after a cannabis plants were discovered at the scene of a serious house fire on Friday

Police have finished their work removing cannabis plants from the scene of a serious house fire in Ipswich.

The start of the race with Ru Bennett-Day being pushed by mum Sarah. Picture: PHIL MORLEY

An inspiring three-year-old with leukaemia was at the start of a 10km race in Rattlesden to raise money for charities improving survival rates for children diagnosed with the illness.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24