Police arrest five men after dawn raids

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FIVE men have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences and money laundering in a series of dawn raids.

Police swooped on nine properties in Portsmouth, Hayling Island and Windsor at about 6am today in a probe into the supply of cocaine.

SMASHED Police officers enter the house through a window

SMASHED Police officers enter the house through a window

Officers seized thousands of pounds in cash, scales, a cocaine press and paraphernalia associated with large scale drug supply after raiding eight homes and a commercial garage.

They discovered a cannabis factory at one Portsmouth address and also seized white powder believed to be class A cocaine.

Two Portsmouth men, aged 31 and 35, a 33-year-old Southsea man, a 56-year-old man from Hayling Island and a 34-year-old man from Windsor are in being held in police custody as part Operation Sevenstone.

Police have so far not revealed the addresses where the raids took place.

Superintendent Norman Mellors, who is in charge of policing in Portsmouth, said: ‘Dealing in drugs in Portsmouth will not be tolerated. This investigation is part of our continuing work to disrupt the sale and supply of drugs in the city.

‘The message to anyone thinking about coming into Portsmouth to deal drugs is that we will pursue you and track you down.

‘By targeting the cause of problems associated with drugs misuse we aim to make our communities safer and improve the quality of life for residents and visitors to Portsmouth.’

Anyone with information relating to the supply and use of cocaine should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.