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Sixty-six arrested in Brighton and Hove drugs raids

Sixty-six people have been arrested in a three-week drugs crackdown in Brighton and Hove.

Sussex Police said 31 people had so far been charged with a total of 71 offences, mainly for the possession and supply of heroin.

Four people have been cautioned and the remainder released on bail while inquiries continue.

Officers executed 32 warrants, seizing drugs, suspected stolen property, thousands of pounds in cash and a gun.

Drug rehabilitation

The arrests were part of Operation Reduction, a scheme launched in 2005 to reduce drug dealing and drug use in Brighton and Hove.

The majority of drug users arrested will be offered rehabilitation services.

Police confiscated heroin, cocaine, cannabis resin, herbal cannabis, amphetamine and pills including MDMA, or ecstasy, in the raids.

City commander Ch Supt Graham Bartlett said: "Operation Reduction continues to make a real difference to local neighbourhoods and communities in Brighton and Hove by helping more users get the treatment and support they need.

"But anyone involved in drug dealing at any level in the city will be identified, pursued and prosecuted."



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