Police have arrested 16 people, including one local man, after £50,000 cash and six kilos of heroin were seized in a series of drugs raids in Eastbourne and Brighton.
On Tuesday afternoon (March 24), officers from the Organised Crime Team co-ordinated the raids, with search warrants issued under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, at nine addresses in Brighton, one in Eastbourne - on Downs Avenue - and one in Liverpool.
During the searches, which involved more than 100 police officers and staff, three safes were also found.
Ten men and three women were arrested in Brighton and Eastbourne on suspicion of conspiracy to supply heroin and one woman was arrested in Brighton on suspicion of obstructing the police.
A 53-year-old man from Eastbourne is currently still in police custody for interview and further enquiries, along with seven other men aged 44, 42, 48, 60, 47 and 48, and one woman aged 41, all of whom are from Brighton.
Two of the men, aged 29 and 62, and two of the women, aged 62 and 28, have been interviewed and released on police bail until May 13.
India Williams, 23, of Langridge Drive, Portslade, has been charged with obstructing police and is due to appear on bail at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on April 9.
Nobody was arrested at the Liverpool address but a man and a woman linked to that address were arrested later the same day in Preston and Morecambe by Lancashire Constabulary officers, also on suspicion of conspiracy to supply heroin. They are being brought from Lancashire to Brighton later today Wednesday (25 March) to be interviewed
Detective Inspector Julie Wakeford of Sussex Police said, “These arrests follow a long-term covert intelligence-based investigation about organised crime supplying heroin from Liverpool into Brighton and Eastbourne. We worked very closely with Merseyside Police and also with Lancashire Constabulary.
“This investigation is part of our continuing work aimed at disrupting the supply of drugs, especially the most dangerous drugs such as heroin, on the streets of Sussex.”