Twelve people arrested today as part of county lines week of action

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Cash, drugs and weapons have been seized and 12 more people have been arrested today (22/01) as officers tackle county lines drugs gangs in Swindon. 

The raids have been carried out as part of Operation Samphire, a week of action targeting drug networks across the town. 

Today’s arrests take the total arrests this week to 33, including three arrests which weren’t drug related but were carried out by officers involved in the week of action yesterday.

Details of today’s arrests are as follows:

A 37-year-old woman from Swindon on suspicion of supply of class A drugs
A 24-year-old man from Swindon on suspicion of supply of class A drug and possession of class B
A 25-year-old man from Dagenham on suspicion of supply of class A drugs
A 25-year-old man from Swindon on suspicion of supply of class A drugs
A 37-year-old woman from Swindon on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs
A 19-year-old man from Swindon on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs
A 16-year-old boy from Swindon on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs
A 42-year-old man from Swindon on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs
A 32-year-old man from Swindon on suspicion of supply of class A drugs
A 14-year-old boy from the Warminster area on suspicion of supply of class A drugs
A 25-year-old man from Swindon on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B drugs.
A 15-year-old boy from Swindon on suspicion of concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

The majority of those arrested remain in custody at Gablecross for further questioning. 

Det Insp Paul Franklin, who is leading the week of action, said: “Once again, we’ve had another successful day in Swindon. The teams of officers involved have dedicated a huge amount of time and resource into these warrants which have continued today. They’ve also been carrying out a lot of proactive work which has led to a number of arrests.

“During a search of an address in Victoria Road today there was clear evidence of class A drugs being prepared throughout the house ready for supply to users within our communities.

“During the arrest of a 16-year-old at a separate location, we seized a large number of items including a knife, an imitation firearm, and a number of mobile phones and drugs. He is one of three youths arrested today as part of our operation which I am sure will cause concern amongst the public. Please be reassured that we are working closely with partner agencies including the local authority, schools and colleges to focus on prevention and protection in a bid to stop the exploitation of these young people who we are seeing getting caught up with drug networks. This partnership work is key to ensuring we are all playing our part in tackling county lines, as we simply cannot do it alone.

“I hope our work this week is providing some reassurance to the law abiding people within our communities that we will take action against those involved in the supply of illegal drugs in our county – although it may initially appear that no action has been taken immediately after you report concerns or intelligence, this is not the case. Operations of this nature take a huge amount of background planning over several months, and this includes gathering intelligence from the community over a period of time before we can take action.”

If you suspect drug activity in your neighbourhood, call us on 101.
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Katie Bond (Police, Media Officer, Wiltshire)

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