Eight people arrested following investigation into drugs offences

Two people have been charged after police made eight arrests, as part of an ongoing investigation into a conspiracy to supply cocaine in Haverhill.

On Thursday, June 4, officers executed warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act at two Haverhill addresses (in Sorrel Walk and Meadowsweet Close) and following searches of these premises a quantity of cash and suspected Class A drugs were seized.

Eight people were arrested as part of the operation – which is being led by the Serious Crime Disruption Team – and taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

Two people have subsequently been charged with being concerned in the supply of cocaine. They are Kelly Atcheson, 49, of Sorrel Walk, Haverhill and Leonard Whistlecraft, 40, of Meadowsweet Close, Haverhill

They appeared before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, June 6, where Atcheson was remanded in custody and Whistlecraft was granted bail, with both of them due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court on Monday, July 6.

The details of the other six arrests are as follows:

–        A 31-year-old woman from Haverhill; arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug; and money laundering

–        A 20-year-old woman from Haverhill; arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug; money laundering; and assaulting a police officer

–        A 16-year-old boy from Haverhill, arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug

–        A 54-year-old man from Haverhill, arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug

–        A 67-year-old man from Haverhill, arrested on suspicion of money laundering

–        A 69-year-old woman from Haverhill, arrested on suspicion of money laundering

All six have been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

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