Ten more people have been arrested today (10/10) as Wiltshire Police continues to crack down on County Lines drugs gangs.
Approximately 50 officers are involved in the operation and today’s arrests takes the total this week to 43.
Nine were arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs and one (marked*) was arrested on suspicion of supplying cannabis:
A 32-year-old man was arrested at an address on Francklyn Acre, Marlborough
A 38-year-old woman was arrested at an address on Stonefield Close, Swindon
A 35-year-old woman was arrested at an address on Knowsley Road, Swindon
A 17-year-old boy was arrested at an address on Haydon Street, Swindon
A 45-year-old woman was arrested in Swindon town centre
A 34-year-old man was arrested in Swindon town centre
A 38-year-old man was arrested at an address in Stafford Street, Swindon
*A 20-year-old man was arrested at an address on Blakesley Close, Swindon (cannabis arrest)
A 50-year-old man was arrested in Swindon town centre
A 45-year-old man was arrested at an address on Croft Road, Swindon
Detective Inspector Paul Franklin said: “Our work to stop these County Lines gangs continues in an effort to take those, who are involved in these criminal activities, out of the system.
“We want to show the public that we are listening to their concerns about drug supply and the violence which usually accompanies it, and are doing something about it.
“Our work also spot-lights education, prevention and protection; the bottom line is that we are trying to stop the exploitation of young and vulnerable people who get caught up with these drug networks.
“We will continue working with our partners in the local councils, schools and colleges to ensure everyone concerned is playing their part in tackling County Lines.”
If you have information about drug dealing in your area there are options available for reporting. You can call us on 101 or 999 in an emergency or go to www.wiltshire.police.uk where you can report anonymously.
Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit the young people’s website Fearless.org