Drug raids: 13 appear in court

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SUSPECTED drug dealers arrested in a series of raids in Eastbourne before Christmas have appeared in court.

Fourteen people were rounded up and arrested during Operation Colne and 13 have been charged with drugs offences.

A number were brought before Eastbourne magistrates. They included Kevin Crunden, 49, of Norway Road, Eastbourne, facing 10 charges of supplying and being concerned with supplying heroin and crack cocaine. He was remanded in custody by magistrates.

Two people arrested in a raid at a flat in Carlisle Road, Eastbourne, have also been charged. Katie Williams, 22, has been charged with supplying crack and heroin. She was remanded on police bail.

Her partner James Jason King, 39, of the same address, was remanded in custody by magistrates facing two charges of supplying heroin and one of supplying cocaine.

In addition, Samantha Bradley, 26, of no fixed address, and 37-year-old Greg Nicholls, of Percival Road, Eastbourne, who were arrested together outside the Post Office in Langney Road, were charged with supplying crack cocaine, cocaine and heroin. Both were remanded in custody.

Thirty-two-year-old Sarah Chollerton, of no fixed address, was also remanded in police custody after being charged with supplying heroin and crack cocaine along with Jemma Bradshaw, 30, of Vicarage Road, Eastbourne, who was charged with offering to supply heroin and crack cocaine.

Gary Clarke, 47, of Jevington Gardens, Eastbourne, was also charged with supplying crack cocaine and heroin and theft was remanded in custody by magistrates. Mark Ainsworth, 52, of Lushington Lane, Eastbourne, faces charges of supplying heroin and crack cocaine. He was remanded on bail.

David Thomas, 45, of Broderick Road, Eastbourne, was charged with conspiracy to rob and was granted bail by the magistrates on condition he lives at his address in Brodrick Road and abides by a curfew from 8pm to 7am. Zac James, 34, of Cavalry Crescent, Eastbourne, was also arrested and charged with conspiracy to rob and offering to supply heroin and cocaine and was remanded in custody.

John Rowland, 42 of Seaside, Eastbourne, was charged with supplying Class A drugs and will appear before Eastbourne magistrates on January 4.

A 32-year-old woman was arrested for supplying Class A drugs and was bailed until March next year along with a 27-year-old man.