Drug dealers targeted following early morning raids
16 people have been arrested and 19 properties raided as part of an operation carried out today (7 November), to disrupt the supply of class A drugs across North Surrey.
Around 200 Surrey and Sussex Police officers executed search warrants in Addlestone, Cobham, Sunbury, Stanwell, Chertsey, Walton-on-Thames, as well as outside of the county in London and Evesham in West Mercia.
Officers also seized large quantities of drugs, an illegally held Taser, two cars, cash and mobile phones as a result of today’s activity.
The warrants formed part of an intelligence-led operation following months of planning to disrupt drug dealing across the South East.
Often referred to as “County Lines”, drug dealers form networks to sell illegal drugs across county borders. Often exploiting vulnerable members of the community, such as drug addicts or vulnerable women, coercing them to either help sell drugs or provide them with a base from which to do so, known as cuckoo’ing.
Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Barton, who chairs the regional drugs threat group made up of forces across the South East, said: “These organised crime groups operate without boundaries. Therefore it is important that the police operate in the same way working together in the South East region to bring these groups to justice and protect our communities from drug crime.”
North Surrey Divisional Commander, Jerry Westerman said: “The message to drug dealers is clear – we are after you, and if you peddle drugs in the South East you will be arrested.
“We won’t tolerate this kind of criminality. Nobody wants drug dealing in their community as it often brings with it associated crime such as theft and anti-social behaviour.
“We will continue to work with our partners and neighbouring police forces to continue to target drug dealers but we need the public’s help.
"Anyone who has any information about suspected drug dealing should contact us.”
Some forms of crime are more obvious than others. Drug dealing can be secretive unless you know what it is you are looking for.
A typical situation might involve a car, or other vehicle slowly driving down a street and stopping while deals are made with people running to and from the vehicle from houses nearby.
This might be more obvious if you regularly see vehicles travelling into your street with people you don’t know, often acting quickly and suspiciously.
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.