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Man from Hadleigh area arrested on suspicion of drug-driving during Operation Showdown day of action

A person has been arrested. Stock picture (10436417)
A person has been arrested. Stock picture (10436417)

A Hadleigh man was arrested on suspicion of drug-driving during a day of action against crime on the road networks in Suffolk.

Operation Showdown took place on Tuesday, May 7, with the intention of disrupting and cracking down on the activities of criminals, including organised crime groups, that are operating in the area.

Carried-out by officers from the roads and armed policing team, road casualty reduction team, police dog unit, scorpion teams, rural crime team and Safety Camera Partnership, the day of action resulted in five arrests as more than 70 vehicles were stopped, of which just nine were clear of any offences.

Among those arrested was a 41-year-old man from the Hadleigh area, who was detained on suspicion of drug-driving and possession of cocaine and cannabis.

He was subsequently questioned at Martlesham Police Investigation Centre, before being released under investigation.

Sergeant Julian Ditcham, of the roads and armed policing team, said: “This was the first time we have conducted one of these operations in this part of Suffolk, and it proved to be just as productive as the ones we have held in and around the larger towns in the county.

“The primary aim of these operations is to identify any vehicles which are potentially involved in criminality.

“Although many offending motorists are detected through intelligence gathering, you would be surprised how many more serious offences we detect by initially stopping a vehicle for a more minor offence.”

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