The public’s role in the arrest of two suspected drug dealers in Haverhill and the capture of what is believed to be 89 wraps of crack and heroin has been praised by the town’s police chief.
In one instance members of the public had been filming alleged drug deals on the street in the Alde Road area of the Chalkstone estate.
Investigations led to a local man being arrested during a police raid on a house in Abington Place and the confiscation of 60 wraps of drugs.
A few days later, on Monday, October 26, intelligence received by the police resulted in a man from London being stopped in an alleyway on the Clements Estate by plain clothes officers from a drugs unit.
Officers say he was found to be in possession of cannabis, and a strip-search later conducted at Haverhill police station discovered 29 wraps of drugs in his underpants, plus cash and mobile phones.
Both men have been released on police bail after questioning pending the outcome of tests to confirm the type of drugs seized.
Inspector Peter Ferrie, area commander for Haverhill, said: “These cases really show that if we get good information from the public we can do an awful lot to crack down on Class A drug dealing in Haverhill.
“As I’ve said before, it really is vitally important that if anyone is looking out of their window at home, or walking along a particular street in one of the estates in town, and they see someone strange that they don’t recognise, somebody that might have moved in from London in the last week or so or moved in from outside, and they are involved in what’s believed to be drug dealing, you must tell us.
“If you tell us there is something that we can do,” Insp Ferrie added.
“We have a highly trained and experienced drugs team.
“We have also got a lot of really proactive officers here in Haverhill.”