County lines drugs operation sees tough crackdown across RBWM

A crackdown on drug dealing in Maidenhead and Windsor has seen more than £30,000 worth of cocaine and heroin seized.

And the police haven’t finished their job there.

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During September, neighbourhood policing teams across the borough have tackled county lines drugs as part of its nationwide week of action.

More than £30,000 worth of crack cocaine and heroin seized from properties across Windsor and Maidenhead.

Sergeant Ryan Powell from the Problem Solving Team, said: “We will not tolerate County Drug Lines in our area.

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“We will relentlessly pursue offenders and look to send them to prison and take their cash and assets off them. We continue to work with our partners and charities to protect our communities and vulnerable people.

“We cannot do this alone. Any persons in the community can contact us via 101 or online to share information with us, or alternatively you can inform us anonymously via Crime Stoppers”

62 people were stopped and searched, of which 39 were positive with illegal items ranging from drugs, cash to weapons being located.

Thames Valley Police said they contributed to an operation with the Metropolitan Police, Surrey Police and Sussex Police to disrupt the road network which is being used to facilitate County Lines.

A closure order banned people from going to a property was granted by the courts to protect a vulnerable person.

Police located a stolen car.

They said: “Several Covert operations were conducted, resulting in several people being arrested for offences including drug Supply, aggravated burglary and possessing offensive weapons.

“Numerous community activities took place including park sweeps, engagement stands and visits to fast food and sports outwear locations.”

Officers also gave talks in schools to highlight the sings of county lines exploitation and they launched our partnership with the Divert Programme in Maidenhead Custody.

As well as this, Reading Football Club will support the police in trying to divert people in the early stages of criminality away from crime.

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