Two arrested on suspicion of drug supply

Police have arrested two men in connection with drug offences in Ipswich.

In one incident officers from the Sentinel team yesterday afternoon (Thurs 30 December) arrested a 19 year old man driving a silver Nissan Micra in Key Street in the town. The male was stopped and searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act. He was found to be in possession of nine wraps of white power, a mobile phone and £40 in cash.

He was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and he was taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning. 19 year old Rinis Cani of no fixed abode has been charged with possession of class A drugs, namely cocaine, with intent to supply and two driving offences – driving with no licence and no insurance. He has been remanded in custody to appear before Ipswich Magistrates Court at a date to be confirmed.

Officers from the same Sentinel team also made an arrest on Wednesday 29 December in the Felaw Street area of Ipswich. Officers stopped a grey Peugeot 308. The male, aged 32 years old, was stopped and searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act and found to be in possession of 18 wraps of white power, believed to be cocaine, as well as three mobile phones and around £500 in cash. He was taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning and subsequently released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Sgt Dave Logan from the South Sentinel team said: “These two arrests demonstrate the positive impact the Sentinel teams are having. In the last two months South Sentinel have arrested 13 people in connection with drug offences, and we have seized thousands of pounds worth of their drugs, cash and other assets. We remain on the front foot and will maintain this proactive policing approach in 2022, the work now continues to secure convictions at court.”

“Our local communities have an important role to play in tackling this criminality, by providing intelligence, highlighting suspicious behaviour and identifying vulnerable people. Don’t turn a blind eye. Talk to us about your concerns so we can take appropriate action.”

The Sentinel teams, of which there are three across the county, provide enhanced coverage of Suffolk’s road network to proactively disrupt serious and organised criminal activity as well as to increase police visibility. The Sentinel officers also support the force’s response policing and Safer Neighbourhood Teams, and offer additional operational options, making use of a wide range of proactive policing tactics and technology. These include Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and mobile fingerprint devices to identify and intercept criminals, frustrate their activities and make Suffolk a hostile place for criminals to operate.

If you have information about drug use in your community please contact your local policing team on 101 or alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.

Below: An image of the Sentinel logo is attached and a seizure from the arrest made on the 29 December.