VIDEO: Nine men charged and in court today after Peterborough cocaine raids yesterday

Nine men have been charged following drug raids in Peterborough yesterday, Thursday August 18.

Seven were charged with conspiracy to supply controlled class A drugs and refused bail. They are currently at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court this afternoon. They are Michael Flash, Kevin Overall, Stephen Marriott, Ijlaal Saeed, Darren Chambers, Imran Qureshi and Alvis Sturmanis.

Police force entry to the house in Newark Avenue during a series of 10 drug related raids

Police force entry to the house in Newark Avenue during a series of 10 drug related raids

Two further arrests were made following the drug busts at addresses across the city at 8am yesterday morning.

Vickram Virdee and Abdul Khan were processed at Thorpe Wood Police Station and charged with possession with intent to supply and refused bail and are also at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court today.

Three further people arrested yesterday were bailed for further enquiries.

An intelligence led operation to bring down a Class A drug ring dealing in cocaine began in February, resulting in warrants being carried out and doors kicked in at 10 addresses in central Peterborough, Whittlesey and Stanground yesterday.

Area Commander for Peterborough, Superintendent Mel Dales said: “Drugs are a key concern for communities across in Peterborough and today’s warrants should serve as reassurance as to how seriously we take the use and supply of illegal substances.

“We will continue to work with partners including ERSOU to address local concerns and I would urge people to continue to report suspicious behaviour.”

Raids took place in Bishops Road, Star Road, Padholme Road, Gransley Rose, Lombardy Drive, Newark Avenue, Heyford Close, Havelock Drive in Stanground and Coronation Avenue in Whittlesey. Searches were also carried out at a car garage in Fengate and City Motors in New Road.