‘Large amount’ of Class A and B drugs and designer clothes seized in arrest of two people in county lines operation

Cannabis and designer clothes were seized from a property as two men arrested here in a county operation in a new crackdown aimed at targeting suspected drug gangs operating in the county. Dorset Police’s Neighborhood Policing Team (NET) stopped a vehicle on Alumhurst Road in Bournemouth on Sunday morning (8 May) on suspicion of being involved in the supply of drugs.

During a search of an address in Burnaby Road, a quantity of cash and expensive designer clothes were found. Following tips, a second search was carried out at an address in Merseyside and a large amount of cash, a quantity of suspected Class A and Class B drugs were seized.

A 32-year-old man from Wavertree in Merseyside has been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a class A drug, possession with intent to supply a class B drug and involvement in control of criminal property and remains in custody. A 21-year-old man was arrested for possession of a Class B drug and given an adult caution. He was also arrested on suspicion of having committed a traffic offense and has been released under investigation while investigations continue.

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Inspector Nick Lee, of the Neighborhood Enforcement Team (NET), said: ‘Our team, working closely with Merseyside officers, recovered a large amount of suspected Class A and B drugs, cash and other assets allegedly obtained from suspected criminal gain. We want to reassure the community of our commitment to combat drug trafficking and relentlessly pursue suspected criminality.

“I encourage everyone in the community to report their concerns to Dorset Police so that we can investigate and take action.”

Operation Viper, which was launched by Dorset Police last month, sees a dedicated police team working alongside local neighborhood policing teams to use intelligence and law enforcement to tackle gangs alleged counties and make the area “a hostile place for those who intend to sell drugs and bring misery to the communities.

The initiative aims to provide visibility, proactive law enforcement and community engagement, as well as a dedicated county line task force, to disrupt inbound suspected drug rings. It will also feed into the regional intelligence picture to prevent damage and drugs from entering the county from other cities across the country.

To report suspected drug trafficking in your area, contact Dorset Police on www.dorset.police.uk/contactby emailing 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101. If a crime is in progress, please dial 999. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk .org or by calling the free number 0800 555 111.

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