FOUR people have been arrested after drugs raids were executed at four addresses in Netteswell.

Officers from the Operational Support Group (OSG) and Harlow Community Policing Team entered the properties at 6.30am on Wednesday, April 18.

During the raids a “substantial quantity” of Class A drugs and cash were discovered stashed in a safe at one of the addresses.

In addition, drugs and an offensive weapon were seized at two of the other properties.

Two men and two women were arrested for possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply and were taken to Harlow police station for questioning.

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Another woman will be attending a voluntary interview related to possession of Class A drugs.

Inspector Leanne Archer of Harlow Community Policing Team described the arrests as "an extremely good result for the team". 

She said: “It’s the latest in a series of warrants we have carried out in the last few weeks that have led to arrests and the seizure of drugs and weapons.

“If you deal drugs in Harlow, you will be caught. 

“We are grateful for the information we have received from the public and a lot of hard work has been going on in the background to pursue offenders.

“Drug dealing exploits vulnerable people and damages communities. It also fuels other forms of offending from shoplifting and anti-social behaviour to serious violence.

“If anyone suspects drug dealing is taking place in their local area, please report it to us or if you’d prefer to report anonymously, you can contact Crimestoppers. 

“The more we know, the more we can do to keep communities safe from this type of offending.”