More arrests following county lines activity

Alert message sent 18/10/2018 14:13:00

Information sent on behalf of Wiltshire Police

Officers have made more arrests in relation drug gang activity this time in the Chippenham area. 

In the early hours of today (18/10), a vehicle linked to county lines was spotted driving close to Chippenham.  The car was stopped and a 42-year-old man from Bristol and a 16-year-old boy from London, who were inside, were both searched.  

A quantity of cash, class A drugs and a knife were found inside the car. 

Both males were arrested on suspicion of being involved in the supply of class A drugs.  The man was also arrested on suspicion of possessing a bladed article.  They are both currently in custody. 

Acting Insp Don Pocock said:  "As part of our on-going work to disrupt county lines gangs across Wiltshire our intelligence lead us to stop this vehicle and subsequently discover drugs, a weapon and cash linked to drug dealing. 

“This action will have helped disrupt main line class A drug supply into Chippenham and possibly other parts of Wiltshire. 

“The intelligence we receive from our communities is crucial in helping us, our partner agencies and neighbouring forces in tackling county lines and safeguarding people - those who are often vulnerable and who are exploited by drugs gangs from larger cities.  

"I would urge members of the public to be vigilant and look out for some of the most visible signs that county lines drugs gangs are operating in neighbourhoods and to report this to us by calling 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111." 
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Mark Jones (Police, Media Officer, Wiltshire)

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