Seven arrests in a week as part of ‘county lines’ drug network operation

20 canaries and a number of miniature quail were taken. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

20 canaries and a number of miniature quail were taken. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Police made seven arrests during a week of action to clampdown on ‘county line’ drug dealing.

The operation took place from March 19 as part of efforts to target the supply of drugs from urban to suburban areas like market and coastal towns.

Coordinated by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU), the week of action saw Suffolk police execute six warrants and make seven arrests with the National Crime Agency and regional disruption team.

Two Londoners have been charged with drug possession offences and are due to appear before magistrates in Ipswich.

Jayden Ryan, of Woolridge Way, was arrested in connection with drug offences after officers seized more than 270 heroin and cocaine wraps in Newmarket on March 20.

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The 25-year-old was charged with intent to supply crack cocaine, possession of heroin, and possession of an offensive weapon – namely a baseball bat.

Chad Stewart, 26, of Blenheim Road, was charged with class A drug possession after police stopped a car in Bury St Edmunds, seizing three wraps of heroin and £600 cash.

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Meanwhile, three men were arrested following a warrant in Anglian Place, Haverhill.

A 46-year-old was arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs and bailed pending further enquiries, while a 44-year-old and 42-year-old, arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply, were both released under investigation.

In Oulton Broad, a 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of money laundering, breach of bail, and possession of an offensive weapon, while a 17-year-old girl was arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.

Damien Laverick, of Waterloo Road, Great Yarmouth, was charged with possession of a bladed weapon. The 17-year-old was released under investigation.

‘County lines’ describes drug supply chains using dedicated phone lines or ‘deal lines’ – often exploiting children and vulnerable adults to move and store drugs and money.

Det supt Bernie Morgan, of the ERSOU said: “We’re committed to taking strong action to deal with county drug lines in the eastern region, and the coordinated response is a great example of law enforcement and partner agencies working together to tackle serious criminal activity and to protect the vulnerable.”

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