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Arrests and drugs seized as police target County Lines dealers

Eight people were arrested and stashes of crack cocaine and cannabis seized as we raided addresses in Coventry yesterday linked to a County Lines drug network.

Officers smashed down a door in Broad Street, Foleshill, at around 5.15pm where six men aged 25 to 40 were detained and up to 2kg of cannabis and 40 wraps of white powder recovered.

One man was found with around £5,000 in cash. That money has been seized and we’ll be looking to retain it under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA). 

Entry was also forced to a house in Wren Street, near Gosford Green, where up to 70 wraps of what’s believed to be crack cocaine was seized. A man aged 48 and a 45-year-old woman were arrested.

Three flats were searched in Holbrook Lane where more drugs were found, while warrants were also executed at properties in Edgwick Road and Morey Street.

All eight people were arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs with intent to supply and remain in police custody today.

Police intelligence suggests the addresses are linked to a County Lines network supplying drugs into Warwickshire and Leicestershire from Coventry.

Coventry Police Inspector Steve Malone ran yesterday’s operation. He said: “We suspect children are being used to carry out street-level dealing on behalf of the County Line so we will also be looking at whether there are any child exploitation offences.

“In addition to the drugs we’ve also seized several mobile phones which we suspect are being used as the dealer hotlines. They will be sent off for analysis.

“County Lines is a despicable crime with offenders often recruiting vulnerable people, including children, to deal drugs on their behalf. People behind these lines make the money while vulnerable people are groomed to do the dirty work and take all the risks.

“If anyone suspects a property is being used to deal drugs then I’d urge them to get in touch so we can take more action.”

Anyone with information is asked to call us on 101 or to Live Chat via the website at WMP Online. Or you can call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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