A Barnstaple drugs raid and stop check of a car on the North Devon Link Road has revealed a ‘significant amount’ of suspected heroin and cocaine plus cash, say police

There was a real Kinder Surprise for police after they found drugs hidden inside a toy egg shell during a Barnstaple raid.

Yesterday (Wednesday) officers raided an address in the town and found 'a significant quantity' of what is believed to be heroin and crack cocaine, stuffed inside a Kinder Surprise shell.

The popular chocolate eggs are bought with a plastic shell inside containing a surprise toy, but this one had allegedly been emptied for other purposes.

Police said after this, a car was stopped on the North Devon Link Road and a search led to the discovery of a significant amount of cash, which has also been seized.

A 41-year-old local woman and an 18-year-old man from London have both been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a class-A drug and are awaiting questioning.

Superintendent Toby Davies said: "We believe this case has strong links to a county lines group, which is an out of force drugs network.

"Over the last year we have seen an increase in the number of drug dealers coming into North Devon from out of our area. These are unsavoury individuals who are preying on vulnerable members of our community to conduct their illicit business and using serious violence to enforce their debts.

"We will continue to put significant resource to target these individuals and groups. This operation sends out the strongest of messages that North Devon is not a soft touch.

"Yesterday's arrests are another good example of the proactive response of our local teams to target these groups. It is vital that we continue to be supported by our local communities as the intelligence they share is vital in keeping our streets safe."