Warrants carried out in fight against county lines gangs
Nine arrested during warrants
Yesterday, Wednesday 27 February 2019, officers from Devon & Cornwall Police and the Metropolitan Police joined forces to execute warrants on properties suspected to be involved in drug dealing and exploitation of vulnerable people.
Teams of officers entered the properties simultaneously at around 6am under Section 8 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE).
The warrants were carried out addresses in the London boroughs of Haringey, Lewisham and Hackney, as well as in Bodmin, St Austell and Newquay, Cornwall.
These properties were identified through intelligence gathering processes as being part of a county line that fed through from London to Cornwall. The warrants disrupted the whole line.
Nine people were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, and modern slavery and human trafficking offences.
22-year-old, Amari Orgill-Nelson of Haringey, London has been charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs and arrange/facilitate the travel of another with a view to exploitation, under the Modern Slavery Act.
Darren Bruce, 49 of Wood Green, London has been charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs and arrange/facilitate the travel of another with a view to exploitation, under the Modern Slavery Act.
Timon Davis-Blake, 20, of Edmonton, London has been charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
A 17-year-old from London has been charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
They were all remanded in police custody and appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court today [28 Feb].
Five others were released under investigation pending further enquires:
- 27-year-old woman from Haringey
- 28-year-old woman from Hackney
- 55-year-old man from Bodmin
- 31-year-old man from Newquay
- 64-year-old woman from St Austell
County lines is a term used to describe urban gangs supplying drugs to other parts of the UK using dedicated mobile phone lines. The gangs are likely to exploit children or vulnerable adults to move and store drugs and they will often use violence and coercion.
Detective Inspector Peter Found, from Devon and Cornwall police, said: “This is a national issue and we are constantly working to tackle those who are suspected to be involved in county lines gangs and the associated criminality.
“Although Cornwall does not have a major problem withcounty lines, it is an issue that is growing nationally and we are determined to tackle it through early disruption.
“The Warrants that took place on Wednesday have come as a result of months of proactive and investigative work by a dedicated team who have developed the intelligence and moved quickly to make a number of arrests.
“We will not stand for county lines dealers operating in Cornwall and will not hesitate to work across force borders to protect vulnerable victims and bring those involved in this criminal activity to justice.”
Detective Superintendent Luke Marks from the Metropolitan Police Service said: “County lines is a national challenge and both police forces and partner agencies are working collaboratively to support those who are vulnerable and being exploited.
“On Wednesday 27 February, Met officers from the North Area Basic Command Unit, in conjunction with officers from Specialist Crime, supported colleagues from Devon and Cornwall Police in arresting individuals suspected to be involved in drug supply and trafficking.
“I hope that our activity sends a clear message that police services across the country will deal robustly with those who seek to peddle drugs, exploit young people and target the most vulnerable within our communities for the sole purpose of financial gain; often instigating violent acts and placing young people at risk of harm and criminalisation in the process.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact their local force online or by using the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, you can report information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
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