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‘Rambo’ knife and £800 seized after Operation Raptor drugs bust in Gravesend

PUBLISHED: 15:53 12 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:15 12 December 2017

16-inch Rambo knife seized from property in Gravesend. Photo: Kent Police

16-inch Rambo knife seized from property in Gravesend. Photo: Kent Police

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A Rambo knife and £800 in cash were seized by police after four suspected drug dealers were arrested at a property in Gravesend.

Two men were detained by officers carrying out a warrant at the address while their alleged associates were arrested after pulling up to the house in a taxi on Monday, December 4.

The seized 16-inch hunting blade has the words ‘Rambo – First Blood Part Two’ on the hilt.

Twenty arrests were made and thousands of pounds worth of drugs seized during a week-long police operation in Kent, named Operation Raptor.

The clampdown, run by officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, targeted people linked to criminal networks in London who attempt to sell and distribute heroin, crack cocaine and other Class A drugs in Kent.

In Maidstone an 18-inch machete was also recovered following the arrest of a 21-year-old man whose car was stopped at Junction 7 on the London-bound carriageway of the M20 motorway.

More than 80 small packets of heroin and crack cocaine were also seized as well as £200 cash.

In Gillingham a vehicle of interest was stopped and two men from London arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs after £1,800 cash was seized.

Officers also carried out checks on vulnerable residents across the week, and on one occasion at an address in Margate found a 17-year-old boy hidden beneath one such resident’s bed. He was arrested and more than £1,000 cash was discovered in a wardrobe.

Detective Chief Superintendent Rob Fordham said: “Our use of both uniformed and plain-clothed officers is already making it very difficult for these criminal groups to gain a foothold in Kent and there will be no let-up in our determination to keep these people off our streets.”

“Operation Raptor continues to yield some excellent results and we hope our subsequent enquiries into those arrested during this week of action will see a significant number of them being brought before the courts.”

Report any suspicious behaviour by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency. If you wish to prefer anonymous you can contact Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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