20 drug dealers jailed for nearly 60 years as part of crack down on cross border criminality
A drug dealer has become the 20th person to be jailed following an operation in north Surrey in November that has led to nearly 60 years of prison sentences.
Adam Wells, 41 of Heathervale Way, New Haw pleaded guilty at Guildford Crown Court on Monday (May 14) to supplying class A drugs, as well as handling stolen goods and was jailed for two years and four months.
His arrest and charge relates to an intelligence-led operation, carried out on 7 November 2017, set up to disrupt drug dealing, and the associated criminality it brings, across “County Lines”, networks which are formed to sell illegal drugs across county borders. This resulted in 200 officers carrying out 19 search warrants in Addlestone, Cobham, Sunbury, Stanwell, Chertsey, Walton-on-Thames and Epsom, London and West Mercia.
That operation has resulted in 20 people being jailed for drugs offences for a total of 59 years and 9 months.
Detective Inspector Dee Fielding said:
“This latest sentence means we have a 100 per cent record of defendants pleading guilty at court which is a great credit to the team for their hard work in gathering the evidence needed.
“This has involved nearly 12 months of hard work and I would like to personally thank my team and also the backing from the public who have openly shown their support to the work we have done.
“County lines drug dealing networks are increasingly in the news and it is something we have been proactively targeting for some time, through operations such as this. These operations are intelligence led through the work we do, but it is important for the public to play their part too in protecting their communities.
“That means being vigilant to the signs of drug dealing and reporting it to us. While we may not be able to respond off the back of one report, we will be able to build a picture of what is going on take action such as this operation at a later stage.”
If you have information about suspected drug dealing or you feel a vulnerable person is being exploited, please contact us. You can do so either by calling 101 or visiting our website www.surrey.police.uk Alternatively you can report any information anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers via www.crimestoppers-uk.org or on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.
What are the signs of potential drug dealing:
- Lots of visitors, who don’t stay very long, arriving at all times of the day and night
- People waiting in cars outside particular properties exchanging small packets or cash
- Lots of visitors bringing items such as T.V's or bikes but leaving empty handed
- Lone/vulnerable neighbours suddenly having groups of young men living at their address
What we want to know:
- Time, date and place Vehicle registrations and the make, model and colour
- Descriptions of people and details of what they were doing
- Direction they travelling to and from How many times you have seen them – is it always at the same time of day?
- Don’t put yourself at risk while gathering this information.
- Please always pass the information to the police and do not confront or approach suspected drug dealers.