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More arrests as Police continue to disrupt supply of drugs through county lines in Kent

Contributed by editor on Oct 20, 2019 - 10:15 AM

 

A total of 118 people have been arrested during the latest enforcement action to tackle the supply of drugs through county lines.





Between 4 and 17 October 2019 officers across Kent continued to target those involved in class A drug supply and other related offences including knife crime and the exploitation of vulnerable people.

The arrest period incorporates action taken during a coordinated week of activity (from 7-13 October) involving the National Crime Agency and police forces across the country, to disrupt and target organised crime groups who extend their drug dealing activity across county boundaries – known as running a ‘county line’.

Working with partners, including the Metropolitan Police and British Transport Police, officers carried out a number of intelligence-led stop checks to vehicles, addresses and individuals.

 

Northfleet

On Monday 7 October officers on patrol in Northfleet arrested a 14-year-old boy and recovered around 120 wraps of suspected crack cocaine and heroin, money and a phone. He was later charged with possession with intent to supply class A drugs and remanded in custody.

 

Ashford

In a separate incident, on Tuesday 8 October, drugs estimated to weigh around five kilograms and around £100,000 in cash were seized after officers stopped a suspicious vehicle on the M20. The vehicle was stopped close to junction 4 and reportedly found to contain carrier bags containing amphetamine. Money was then seized from a linked address in Ashford.

A 33-year-old man from Kingsnorth was arrested and subsequently appeared before Medway Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded not guilty to supplying class B drugs and money laundering. He was remanded in custody to appear before Maidstone Crown Court on 7 November.

Medway

In Medway officers from the area’s Community Policing Team used stop-and-search powers nine times and made six arrests. The team seized drugs including 160 wraps, as well as a blank-firing illegal firearm and cash. They also carried out visits to vulnerable people at risk of being exploited by county lines networks.

Gillingham

At an address in Windmill Street, Gillingham, officers identified two suspected drug dealers, one of whom had secreted substances which were discovered after a strip search. Two men aged 21 from London were arrested. They were later released pending further investigation.

Sevenoaks

In the Chevening area of Sevenoaks on Wednesday 16 October, officers arrested a man suspected to have thrown a cigarette packet containing wraps of cocaine from a car.

A 23-year-old man from London, was later charged with possession with intent to supply class A drugs and driving without a licence. He was remanded in custody by Medway magistrates and will next appear at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday 15 November.

Superintendent Mick Gardner of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: ‘This enforcement activity is in addition to our determined and sustained focus around identifying and tackling individuals associated with gangs and county lines. Throughout the county both uniformed and plain clothes officers are working relentlessly to remove drugs from our local communities.

‘We are committed to targeting those we believe are responsible for the misery and destruction of lives connected to harmful substances such as heroin and cocaine. Anyone who deals in drugs can expect a robust response. Expect to be arrested and put before the courts.

 

No hiding place

‘We also continue to need your help, so remember to report any suspicious behaviour. By continuing to work together we not only ensure Kent remains a safe place to live but we are getting the message through to criminals that there is no hiding place from the law.’

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