Drug arrests and seizures after raids in Southend, Rochford and Benfleet

Police have today, Wednesday March 16, executed a series of warrants in Southend, Rochford and Benfleet, in a co-ordinated strike against organised crime.

In a series of pre-dawn raids, officers from Disruptor teams and Operational Support Group and Dog Section, Op Falcon and Southend community policing team seized 200 wraps of cocaine, with an estimated street value of £6,000, from several of the addresses, together with more than £20,000 in cash.

Officers also recovered two knives, a hammer, several phones, unused syringes, and £40,000 of designer clothes, trainers and jewellery. A small cannabis grow was also found at one address in Southend.

Two Mercedes cars and a garage are also being searched.

Nine people were arrested, eight on suspicion of conspiracy to supply cocaine. They are:

  • a 38-year-old man at an address in Middle Mead, Rochford;
  • a 29-year-old man at an address in Woodlow, Benfleet;
  • a 44-year-old man at an address in Jackdaw Close, Shoeburyness;
  • a 42-year-old woman at an address in Coleman Street, Southend;
  • a 35-year-old man at an address in Portland Avenue, Southend;
  • two men, aged 23 and 22, at an address in Bournemouth Park Road, Southend; and
  • a 30-year-old-man at an address in Carnarvon Place, Southend
  • a 51-year-old woman arrested at an address in Middle Mead, Rochford, was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis.

Essex Police has three Disruptor teams covering Essex that focus on identifying, investigating and tackling crimes and anti-social behaviour which impact local communities and on protecting vulnerable people. They work with other local and specialist teams to bring to justice offenders intent on harming our communities.

But they can’t continue this good work without information and we rely on you, the public, to help us so we can continue to help people, keep you safe and target criminality.

Sergeant Adam Jarvis, of South Disruptor, said: “Drugs and crimes associated with drugs and drug use cause harm to vulnerable people, blight communities and can also lead to more serious types of crime and violence.

“Please tell us what you know about criminal and anti-social behaviour in your area. Car number plates, names, CCTV and doorbell images are particularly helpful, but any information related to crime and criminality may be useful to us.

“Don’t assume we already know.”

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Mick Ferris

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