Four people have been charged with drug supply offences following the latest proactive operation in the ongoing effort to crackdown on suspected dealers operating in Dorset.
Following joint work involving officers from Dorset Police and the Metropolitan Police, a series of arrests were carried out in London on the morning of Thursday 28 July 2022 and the suspects are now due to appear before court. The warrants were part of Dorset Police’s Operation Viper initiative aimed at disrupting the activities of those believed to be involved in the supply of illegal drugs in Dorset.
An imitation firearm and CS spray were also reportedly recovered during the operation.
A 31-year-old man from London has been charged with being concerned in the supply of class A drugs as well as acquiring, using or possessing criminal property.
A 27-year-old man from London has been charged with being concerned in the supply of class A drugs, acquiring, using or possessing criminal property and possession of a class B drug.
A 33-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman, also both from London, have been charged with being concerned in the supply of class A drugs, possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and possessing a weapon for the discharge of a noxious liquid or gas.
All four are due to appear at Poole Magistrates’ Court on Friday 29 July 2022.
Inspector Nick Lee, of the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Neighbourhood Enforcement Team, said: “Under Operation Viper we are committed to tackling those suspected to be involved in county lines drugs gangs head on and taking positive action with our partners to disrupt their activities.
“We continue to be relentless in our pursuit of those believed to be dealing drugs in our communities as we strive to protect vulnerable people and take weapons off the streets.
“I would continue to urge anyone with information regarding suspected drug related activity in their area to report it to us at www.dorst.police.uk/contact, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 101. If a crime is in progress, always dial 999.”