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12 arrested by police in operation to tackle drug dealing in High Wycombe

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250 police officers have taken part in the execution of 18 warrants and arrested 12 people as part of an operation to tackle drug dealing in High Wycombe.

On the morning on Wednesday 19th July 2017 officers from Thames Valley Police (TVP) and South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) executed 18 warrants to tackle drug dealing. Over 250 officers from TVP and SEROCU were involved in the execution of the warrants.

The majority of the raids took place in High Wycombe with one warrant being executed in Aylesbury and one in Wembley.

The following is a short video posted on the Thames Valley Police YouTube page regarding the execution of the warrants :

As a result of the joint operation twelve people have been arrested who the police have reason to believe have been involved in the supply of class a drugs across the South East with strong links to High Wycombe. The people arrested remain in police custody at this time.

The arrests that took place were :

  • A 19 year old man from High Wycombe was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to supply class A drugs and money laundering.
  • A 20 year old man from High Wycombe was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to supply class A drugs and money laundering.
  • A 23 year old man from High Wycombe was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to supply class A drugs and money laundering.
  • A 37 year old from High Wycombe was arrested on suspicion of possession of class B drugs.
  • A 22 year old man from High Wycombe was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to supply class A drugs, possession with intent to supply class drugs, possession with intent to supply class A drugs, taking a motor vehicle without consent, no insurance, driving otherwise than in accordance with a license.
  • A 31 year old man from High Wycombe was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to supply class A drugs, money laundering, fraud by false representation and possession of class B drugs.
  • A 26 year old man from Aylesbury was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to supply class A drugs, possession with intent to supply class B drugs and money laundering.
  • A 33 year old man from High Wycombe was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to supply class A drugs and money laundering.
  • A 22 year old man from High Wycombe was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to supply class A drugs, dangerous driving and assaulting a Constable.
  • A 27 year old woman from High Wycombe was arrested on suspicion of money laundering.
  • A 30 year old man from High Wycombe was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to supply class A drugs and money laundering.
  • A 58 year old woman from High Wycombe was arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs and money laundering.

Chief Inspector Graham Hadley, Deputy LPA Commander for High Wycombe, said: ‘After a yearlong joint investigation between CID officers from High Wycombe LPA, and SEROCU we have today carried out a number of warrants to tackle a group of people involved in organised crime.

Officers are continuing to search various locations predominantly in the High Wycombe area and the public will see an increased police presence.

Our action today will have disrupted a number of individuals working in organised crime who have sought fit to deal drugs in High Wycombe.

Their actions have affected the community and increased violent and anti-social crime in the area. Additionally they have preyed on vulnerable drug users.

In light of this neighbourhood officers will be patrolling and engaging with the public with our partners, SMART High Wycombe, Wycombe Homeless Connection and The Community Safety Partnership team from Wycombe District Council, to give vulnerable people the support they need, and to provide information to the community.

This operation has seen us working alongside the council and SEROCU.

This forms part of Thames Valley Police’s new campaign STRONGHOLD, which aims to use partnership to tackle serious and organised crime.

We need the support of the community as the information they provide about criminal activity in their neighbourhoods is vital and assists us to build up a picture of criminal activity and then act on it.

I would ask that they keep reporting by either calling Thames Valley Police on 101 or calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.’

DCI Simon Steel, Head of Investigations at SEROCU said: ‘This has been a detailed investigation, which has involved joint working between TVP and SEROCU.

We will ensure we utilise our capabilities so that those that cause serious harm to our communities are brought to justice.

We will continue to work with and support those forces within the South East Region to target those involved in serious organised criminality.

UPDATED Thursday 20th July 2017 : Further information on this news article can be found at the following link : ‘Police charge 13 people following drugs raids in High Wycombe, Aylesbury and Wembley‘.

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