YEOVIL NEWS: Police target drug dealers in Yeovil
POLICE carried out arrest warrants at a number of addresses in Yeovil on Thursday (July 19, 2018) as officers continue to tackle the impact of so-called County Lines in the town.
County Lines sees drug-dealers from outside the Avon and Somerset force area travel to a location to carry out criminality and often includes exploiting vulnerable people.
This action, carried out alongside regional resources focusing on the misuse and supply of drugs, is the result of several weeks of planning based on intelligence provided by the community.
Class A drugs, cannabis, cash and knives were recovered from all addresses.
Twelve people have been arrested as a result for drug offences and 11 people have been charged and are in custody.
Chief Inspector Sharon Bennett said: “Tackling county lines and its effects remains a force priority.
“We will always seek to target those involved and deal with them robustly, working with our partners and using a widening number of tools to disrupt their activities and make them face justice.”
As well as targeting individuals, we have issued dispersal orders at four locations that will allow us to move on those looking to cause anti-social behaviour or deal drugs. We still need the public’s help to tell us when they see suspicious behaviour or ASB so we can use these powers”
“I’d like to thank everyone who has helped us target those responsible today , including the public who have provided us information and the other agencies we have worked closely alongside in tackling county lines helping to keep the most vulnerable in our communities safe from being exploited by these criminals.
“And I’d encourage anyone who is concerned about drug-dealing or has any information to call us on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111.”