Cocaine, cash, crossbow and imitation gun seized in drug raids near Thornbury

POLICE have arrested five people in a series of raids following a “complex investigation” into the supply of class A drugs in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire.

An Avon & Somerset police spokesperson said a team of officers carried out a warrant under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act in the early hours of yesterday morning in Tortworth, Buckover and Wotton-under-Edge.

They arrested four men and one woman, all on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug.

Four of the those arrested are also suspected of acquiring or possessing criminal property and the other was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a firearm without a certificate.

A police spokesperson said: “The warrants follow a complex investigation into a group suspected of being linked with the supply of class A drugs across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire.

Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Barnaby Mabbett said: “Alongside the arrests, officers seized six expensive vehicles, several thousands of pounds in cash and a quantity of suspected cocaine.

“They also seized a suspected imitation firearm and a crossbow and knife.

“We’re committed to cracking down on those who supply class A drugs into our area.

“Through listening to our communities, gathering intelligence and carrying out proactive operations, we’ll ensure our area remains hostile to those who want to engage in this illegal trade.”

Police have called on anyone who suspects someone in their area is involved in supplying or using of drugs to call them on 101, report it via the police website or speak to a member of the local neighbourhood policing team.