Drugs seized and arrests made in week of action

Nearly 20 arrests were made as part of a concerted effort in Staffordshire against County Lines activity.

Arrests were made.
Arrests were made.

Officers from Staffordshire Police arrested 15 men and one woman, as well as three boys, on suspicion of drugs offences during a busy week of action in the county.

Forces and agencies across the country worked together from May 17 to 23 in an intensification week targeting County Lines activity, where groups of young men from an urban area move into smaller towns to distribute drugs.

A total of 438 deals of heroin and crack cocaine were seized during searches, along with 146 deals of cocaine and 50 cannabis plants and £3,000 in cash.

Weapons including two machetes, a crossbow, a sword, four knives and four lock-knives were confiscated and will be destroyed.

The arrests included a 20-year-old man was arrested as he got off the train from Walsall to Cannock and 50 deals of heroin and crack were found in his socks.

Two vulnerable individuals were identified as officers attended 20 properties where ‘cuckooing’ activity was suspected, which is where premises, such as houses or flats, are acquired through coercion and taken over by groups for criminal activity.

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