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Liverpool arrests as police target local drug supply

Created on 11/10/2018 @ 10:51
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Five arrests have been made in Liverpool and one in Shrewsbury in connection with the supply of drugs which are flooding the streets of Welshpool and other Powys communities.

Dyfed-Powys Police made the arrests as part of Operation Regent, which has so far charged 19 people with conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

The most recent arrests and charges have been brought against: Ryan Langshaw, aged 20, Jack Ross, 20, of no fixed abode; Michael John Williams, 20, from Speke; Nathan Duringer, 18, from Shrewsbury; Jack Chew, 18, from Speke and Daniel Putterill, 20, from Speke. All appeared at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates’ Court and were remanded to prison.

The Dyfed-Powys Police Serious Organised Crime Team (SOCT) travelled to Merseyside to make the arrests against those believed to be involved in the couriering of class A drugs into Powys using county lines supply chains.

Chief Inspector Matt Scrase, who is leading Operation Regent, said: “This is a great result for Dyfed-Powys Police and the communities within Powys affected by drugs. While SOCT has been busy making arrests in Merseyside, local officers and drug treatment agencies have continued in their work to engage with vulnerable drug users as well as provide reassurance to the wider community about the work that is being carried out and the reasons why.”

The County Lines groups tend to use a local property, generally belonging to a vulnerable person, sometimes drug users, as a base for their activities. This is known as ‘cuckooing’ and will often happen by force or coercion. Advice and support is being offered to any local vulnerable adults and teenagers exploited in order to maximise their profit from drug supply.

To report anything suspicious or concerns about the selling and taking of drugs call 101, or report online. To report information anonymously, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

For advice and information on County Lines drugs supply see the Dyfed-Powys Police Op Guardian advice page.

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