Crack cocaine haul at hotel 'linked to organised crime'
By Herald Express | Thursday, September 19, 2013, 07:00
POLICE have seized crack cocaine, heroin and ecstasy tablets worth £45,000 in two raids they say could be linked to organised crime in Torbay.
seized: The crack cocaine seized at a Torquay hotel
Officers found more than 50 individual 'deals' of rock crack cocaine in a hotel in the Belgrave Road area of Torquay.
Detectives from the South Devon Pro-Active Team also raided a vehicle and flat in Paignton where they say they located an even larger amount of drugs.
In the vehicle a carrier bag containing more crack cocaine and Ecstasy, also known by its chemical name MDMA, was allegedly located.
In the flat a large amount of suspected heroin was allegedly found last Wednesday, September 11.
In total about six ounces of heroin, six ounces of crack cocaine and 1,000 pills were recovered with a total approximate street value of £45,000.
Sgt Jason Metcalfe, who runs the Pro-Active detective unit, said: "This was a significant haul of drugs which was destined for the streets of Torbay.
"The sheer amount would indicate strong links to organised crime networks and this positive police activity sends out a message that drug supply will not be tolerated.
"I would urge the public to please come forward with any information of suspicious activity involving the supply of drugs."
Two men have been charged with drug supply offences and remanded by Torbay magistrates.
Two other men and a woman remain on police bail as the investigation continues.
AS officers drove away from the Belgrave Road hotel they spotted a male acting suspiciously at another hotel in the area.
They made an arrest for burglary after a wallet was found to have been stolen from a member of staff in the laundry room.
The victim was reunited with his wallet.
Alex Paddon, 21, from Torquay, appeared before Torquay Magistrates' Court on Thursday, September 12, where he pleaded guilty to the theft of the wallet and was remanded in custody.