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A Kings Heath home has been raided this morning in what police describe as a major blitz on drug dealers.
The terraced house in Station Road was one of eight targeted in a series of coordinated dawn raids across Birmingham – sparked by concerns from local people that drug dealing was taking place on their streets.
Following the initial operation carried out by local officers, the force’s Operational Support Unit moved in to conduct fingertip searches of the properties. Sniffer dogs were also drafted in to join the search for hidden cash, weapons and drugs.
Eight men aged between 19 and 47, and a 27-year-old women were arrested and are being held on suspicion of conspiracy to supply drugs.
"Following calls from people about suspected drug dealing, we’ve been working hard to develop those suspicions into information which we were able to present to local magistrates who then granted us search warrants," said Chief Inspector Richard Agar, who is leading the crackdown.
Homes in Hall Green, Weoley Castle, Highgate, Bordesley Green, Sparkhill and Stirchley were also targeted in the first wave of what West Midlands Police have named Operation No Deal. Further raids are planned for the coming days and weeks.
A similar crackdown in Sandwell earlier this year saw 54 people plead guilty to drug-related crimes with eight more awaiting trial.
In addition to legal proceedings officers are now working with housing associations to evict those guilty of offences in a move likely to be repeated in Birmingham.
"People need to realise the far-reaching consequences of their criminal actions," said Ch Insp Agar.
"Law abiding people don’t want to be living next to drug dealers who are attracting addicts to their neighbourhood. They know, as we know, that those addicts are committing crimes to fund their habit wreaking more misery on local people.
"Mirroring the efforts in other areas, we will be working with Birmingham’s housing providers to evict those who are found guilty of drug crimes. Unfortunately in some cases this will mean entire families will be forced to move but this is right and proper if they knew what their loved one was up to and did nothing to stop the crimes taking place."Second arrest
A 43 year old Kings Heath man was one of ten arrested in a second wave of dawn raids across the city on Thursday morning (17 Sept). He was arrested by police at an address in Hollybank Road.
Anyone with information about suspected drug dealing in their neighbourhood should call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 111 555. To speak to police officers instead, call 101.
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