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Pictures: Drugs raid in Norwich

We've just received these pictures of the police raid on premises in William White Place, Norwich, which took place earlier this morning.

It was part of Norfolk Police's ongoing Operation Gravity, which aims to crack down on drug-related crime, and to support vulnerable people who are taken advantage of by drug dealers.

Six people, including one woman, were arrested in this morning's raids.

Police officers and open vehicle outside the properties
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          Police officer in visor and helmet standing in front of blue door
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Police officer enters room
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Man lying on bed, being arrested
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          Close up of man's hands, in handcuffs, being led by police officer
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Close up of woman's hands, in handcuffs
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          Police officers in helmets and visors stand by police vehicle
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Syringe on table
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Poster with an image of a cannabis leaf
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Two days to remove £80m of cocaine from boat in Falmouth

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The National Crime Agency (NCA) said it took around two days to remove cocaine worth £80m from a boat seized off Cornwall in August 2016.

The skipper of the Bianca, Michael McDermott, 68, from Waterford, Ireland, was convicted of drug smuggling today at Bristol Crown Court.

During a search in Falmouth, Border Force teams located bales of cocaine hidden under bags of sand and gravel in the boat's fish hold. There were 38 bales in total, each weighing between 25 and 30kg.

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BreakingSkipper of £80m cocaine boat found guilty

BBC News UK

The skipper of a fishing boat has been convicted of trying to smuggle more than a ton of cocaine into the UK.

Michael McDermott, 68, from Waterford in Ireland, was found guilty by a jury at Bristol Crown Court following a one week trial.

National Crime Agency (NCA) and Border Force officers arrested McDermott on 18 August 2016 alongside shipmates David Pleasants, 57, and Gerald Van de Kooij, 27 off the coast of Cornwall and brought the boat into Falmouth.

Two Border Force cutters, the HMC Seeker and HMC Searcher had tracked his vessel the MV Bianca via radar for over 24 hours, acting on intelligence from the NCA that it was carrying drugs. 

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