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Sandwell police tackle County Lines drug networks

Sandwell police officers came together at train stations across the borough yesterday (Tuesday 14 May) to disrupt drug trafficking.

As part of efforts to tackle County Lines drug networks, officers from the Sandwell Offender Management Unit worked together with British Transport Police, Safer Travel and Virgin Trains to search a number of train users travelling through the Sandwell borough.

From 12noon to 6pm, officers were positioned at Wolverhampton train station and other local stations, ready to search passengers who alighted, having travelled from Sandwell and Dudley, Smethwick Rolfe Street, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Dudley Port, Tipton and Coseley.

The team conducted seven stop and searches on people under drugs legislation.

A 27-year-old man was arrested following a foot chase at Coseley train station and was found to be wanted for two bail offences, one of them being intent to supply drugs in the Telford area.

The knife arch was also taken along to Wolverhampton, with all passengers leaving trains asked to pass through the machine. Fortunately, no arrests were made for possession of a weapon.

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The knife arch in operation at Wolverhampton train station

This morning (Wednesday 15 May) officers working with West Mercia Police arrested a 17-year-old boy on suspicion of conspiracy to supply drugs as a result of the searches yesterday. It is alleged the teen is involved in a targeted drugs line running through the West Midlands and West Mercia Police area. He remains in police custody this afternoon.

Running the operation Sgt David Rogers from the Sandwell Offender Management team, said: “It’s really important that we do everything we can to tackle and disrupt the drug network that is operating across different police borders and I am grateful that all our partners have been involved.

“We want a safer environment for rail and other public transport users and will do all we can to find those involved in suspicious or illegal activity.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat at WMP Online, dial 101 or contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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