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Hotel raid police find drugs stash worth thousands of pounds

By This is Devon  |  Posted: November 20, 2010


DRUGS worth thousands of pounds have been uncovered in a raid at a city hotel.

The stash was seized by police in a room at the Exeter Arms Hotel in Rydon Lane.

Officers stormed one of the hotel's bedrooms to find a bag full of drugs believed to be crack cocaine and heroin.

The estimated value of the whole stash, which included 200 wraps of crack cocaine and heroin and a tablet of uncut crack cocaine, is around £6,500.

Around £3,000 in cash was also discovered in the room.

The drugs are believed to have been destined for the streets of Exeter and police claim they were being delivered by members of a drugs gang from London.

Officers say the seizure has significantly disrupted the city's drug supply.

PC Stuart Peters, leading the raid, said: "We executed a Misuse of Drugs Act warrant at a room at the Exeter Arms Hotel.

"We raided the room early morning and found a man and woman in the bedroom.

"We discovered approximately £3,000 in cash, about 200 wraps of what we believe to be crack cocaine and heroin worth around £2,500 and a tablet of uncut crack cocaine, which once prepared would be worth around £4,000 alone.

"The two suspects are from London and we believe them to have come down to Exeter to do their trade.

"We are seeing a lot of drugs coming into the city from Manchester, London and Liverpool."

PC Peters said police were acting on confidential intelligence and added: "This was a great result for Devon & Cornwall Police.

"There was a lot of drugs there, too much for it to be just for personal use.

"We believe these people have been active for a while.

"The cash they had in their possession would have come from people scoring from them.

"The fact these drugs won't be hitting the streets of Exeter will affect addicts in the city as it is such a large amount.

"The aim is to disrupt the supply of drugs to the streets of Exeter."

A man and woman, both aged in their early twenties, were arrested on suspicion of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply in connection with the raid on Friday morning.

They were still being quizzed by officers last night.

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