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Nine arrests in county lines week of action

A week of action (13-20 May) focus sing on county lines drug crime in Warwickshire has led to nine arrests, and significant seizures of drugs and cash.

County lines is a term used to describe organised crime groups transporting drugs from bigger towns and cities into smaller and more rural areas. This is a national problem involving exploitation of people by criminals operating from larger cities across the country.

Officers from across the force took part in a range of activities aimed at disrupting the supply of drugs into Warwickshire. This was part of a national week of action targeting the problem.

In addition to the arrests, officers seized 1750 grams of drugs, 13 phones, £13,000 in cash and three vehicles. They also conducted 44 stop searches.

In addition to activity in Warwickshire, a joint operation in Coventry between Warwickshire Police and West Midlands Police led to the seizure of cocaine valued at almost £70,000. The warrants were carried out at homes suspected of supplying drugs into Leamington, Rugby and Oxfordshire.

Arrests were also made following warrants in Nuneaton and Warwick.

Officers from the Offender Management Unit conducted plain clothes patrols in 'hotspot' areas, targeting known offenders and helping to improve the intelligence picture around county lines.

Officers from the safer neighbourhood teams visited vulnerable people to check they were not being exploited by county lines criminals and to raise awareness of the signs of exploitation.

The roads policing team stopped 12 vehicles and made three arrests.

Detective Superintendent Neil Harrison said: "Tackling serious organised crime, including county lines crime, is the top priority for Warwickshire Police.

"One of the most pleasing aspects of the week of activity was the success of the operation with our colleagues in Coventry. County lines criminals don't respect borders and it is important that we continue to work with our partners to make life as difficult as possible for them.

"Perhaps the biggest positive from the week of focus is the improved intelligence picture that will help us to target offenders and put support in place for vulnerable people.

"I hope this week of activity gives local people confidence that we are working hard to tackle this problem. Information provided by the public is vital to helping us continue our work and I'd urge anyone with information to contact us."

If you have any information that could help police tackle county lines drug crime please call 101. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

Summary of some of the activity last week

  • Cocaine valued at almost £70,000 was seized after warrants were executed at six addresses in Coventry. This was part of a joint operation between Warwickshire Police and West Midlands Police. A 28-year-old woman was arrested and later charged with possession of drugs with intent to supply.
  • A 35-year-old man from Leamington who was wanted by West Mercia Police was arrested on suspicion of cannabis cultivation. He has been released under investigation.
  • The Nuneaton Safer Neighbourhood Team executed a warrant on Queen Elizabeth Road, Nuneaton. They seized class A drugs and weapons, including an air weapon. A 52-year-old man and 38-year-old woman, both from Nuneaton, were arrested on suspicion of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.
  • Officers from the Nuneaton and Bedworth Special Constables ran vehicle check and ANPR operations on the night of 16 May and 17 May. After stopping a car in Tuttle Hill, Nuneaton, a 27-year-old man from Nuneaton was arrested and later cautioned for possession of cannabis.
  • On Wednesday (15 May) officers from the Nuneaton Safer Neighbourhood Team executed a warrant in Beverley Avenue, seizing cash and cocaine. They also seized a dog under the Animal Welfare Act.
  • On Thursday (16 May) officers from the Nuneaton Safer Neighbourhood Team executed a warrant in Blake Close and seized class B drugs and drugs paraphernalia.
  • Officers from the Warwick Safer Neighbourhood Team executed a warrant in Wellington Road. They seized a substance believed to be cocaine and arrested three men from Warwick aged 18, 21 and 23, on suspicion of possession of cocaine with intent to supply. They have all been released under investigation.

 

Posted by Sam Cook, Communications Officer

Published 22/05/19