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Five arrested after warrant targeting county drugs lines

13 Feb 2019

Five people have been arrested after a drugs warrant targeting county lines activity in Bedford.

Officers also recovered numerous bags of suspected heroin, suspected drugs production paraphernalia and weapons during the operation in Alexandra Road.

The warrant followed on from a regional operation last month targeting county lines drugs dealing.

An 18-year-old man from Bedford was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug.

A 52-year-old man from Bedford was arrested for breaching a court order and is due to appear before magistrates today (Wednesday).

A 17-year-old boy from north London who turned up at the address while officers were searching the property was also arrested. He has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon, as well as breaching a court order.

A 31-year-old man from Bedford was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug, namely heroin. He has been released under investigation.

A 49-year-old man from Bedford was initially arrested on suspicion of drug production and supply offences, and was later arrested on suspicion of other offences in relation to a previous incident. He has also been released under investigation.

As well as drugs, police also recovered a knife and handheld crossbow during their searches.

Officers are now in the process of applying for a closure order on the property, which they hope to secure in the coming days.

Detective Sergeant Graham Williams said: “I would like to praise the conduct of all officers involved in this job, who acted with the utmost professionalism in challenging circumstances.

“This was another excellent job targeting those suspected of being involved in county lines drugs activity in and around Bedford.

“Drugs underpin much of the most harmful and violent crime we see across the county, so it is vital that we crackdown on those suspected of being involved in the production and supply of drugs.”

To report information about drugs activity in your area please call 101 or visit Bedfordshire Police’s online reporting centre.

You can also contact Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For more information about county lines please visit the force’s website.

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