Teenager arrested for drugs offences in Swindon

Alert message sent 23/11/2018 11:16:00

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A 17-year-old drug runner from London has been arrested on suspicion of class A drug supply offences after being found in a flat in Liden. 

The male was arrested early on Tuesday morning  (20/11) and remains remanded in custody at Gablecross Police Station.   

The flat, he was found at, belongs to a class A drug user and it's believed the runner was there for the sole purpose of supplying local drug users with Crack Cocaine and Heroin. 

Sgt Georgina Green, who leads the DCT in the North of the county, said:  "The taking over of someone's home by a drug dealer, as in this case, is known as cuckooing.  The street dealers will use this to base themselves to prepare drugs and oversee the running of the business. The occupants are often vulnerable for a number of reasons, which may include their drug habit, physical disability or mental health problems.  

"The drug dealers will often coerce the vulnerable to deal drugs for them or under take other errands, implicating them in the supply of class A drugs.  Intimidation and violence is often used if they don’t do as they are told or if they lose drugs.  Their home is taken over and they may feel trapped and have no one to turn to. 

"The impact that class A drug supply on the local community is devastating; it brings an array of anti-social behaviour, acquisitive crime and violence as well as associated health and social problems."  

If you note anything suspicious in your neighbourhood or have concerns that a child you know is being exploited then please do not hesitate to report this to Wiltshire Police on 101 or anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 111 555. 

The information you provide will be treated in confidence and sensitively and will allow us to safeguard the most vulnerable in society.  It will also help us to continue to dismantle these county line enterprises by locking up the offenders.
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