Police engaged with more than 2,400 people as part of a national week of action which saw arrests and the seizing of drugs in a bid to tackle county line dealing.

During County Lines Intensification Week, which took place from October 9 to 15, a number of warrants and police interactions took place with 31 arrests being made. 

County lines is a term used to describe the involvement of organised criminal networks and street gangs in moving illegal drugs.

In total 66.6g of crack, 195.8g of cocaine, 16g of heroin, 1kg of cannabis, 1.5kg of ketamine, £49,242 in cash, and phones believed to be involved in the dealing and supplying of drugs were seized. Several weapons were recovered, these included knives, batons, and suspected imitation firearms. 

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Following the week, detective chief inspector Matt Bodmer said: "The results demonstrate that Suffolk Constabulary and its partners continue to disrupt those involved in county lines".

"I recognise that we cannot arrest ourselves out of county lines criminality, so the work carried out to visit those that live or work in our communities who are vulnerable to being exploited is a more considered approach". 

Other work completed by Suffolk police included visiting schools to help children and young people spot the signs of exploitation and explain the different support available. In total police engaged with around 1,600 pupils at schools across the county.

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East Anglian Daily Times: Tim Paamore, Suffolk police and crime commissionerTim Paamore, Suffolk police and crime commissioner (Image: Newsquest)

Tim Passmore, police and crime commissioner for Suffolk, said: "The threat from hardened criminals involved in this wicked crime cannot be overstated which is why this vital policing work must continue.

"No stone will be left unturned to bring these drug barons to justice."

Other initiatives that took place during the week included stops at HMP Highpoint, weapons sweeps, and the use of drug testing at Newmarket Racecourse.