DRUGS with a street value of almost £100,000 have been seized by police during two operations in Paignton.
Amphetamine with a potential street value of £60,000 and cannabis plants with a value of £35,000 were found at addresses in the Dartmouth Road and Preston areas.
Police have hailed the unconnected seizures as a 'significant' success in the battle to keep drugs off the streets of Torbay. Three people were arrested in the first operation
On Tuesday, July 23, officers from South Devon Pro-Active Unit went to the Dartmouth Road area and found a drug transaction taking place.
They arrested three men for alleged supply offences. A search of premises nearby uncovered a large amount of amphetamine which police allege was in the process of being mixed with a further large amount of mixing agent.
This could have produced amphetamine with a street value of up to £60,000, detectives say.
One Paignton man was later charged with possession of the drug with intent to supply it.
Curtis Lucas, 33, of Corsham Road, appeared at Torquay Magistrates' Court the following day.
He pleaded guilty to the offence and was committed to Exeter Crown Court for sentence on August 23.
Two other men in their 20s have been bailed pending further inquires.
Acting Detective Sergeant Jason Metcalfe said: "This is a significant haul of drugs which would have been destined for the streets of Torbay.
"It is satisfying to take these drugs off the street and show anyone involved in such activity should be very wary of police capture. I would appeal to members of the public to come forward with information about suspicious activity and information on people involved in the supply of drugs."
The incident followed a raid at an address in Preston on Thursday, July 18. Officers from the same unit raided a house and found 50 cannabis plants in part of the property which had been converted to a hydroponics set up.
With the plants they found a large amount of dried cannabis, a sawn-off firearm, £500 cash and two suspected stolen mountain bikes. Two local men were arrested, interviewed and bailed pending further investigation.