Targeted action taken against suspected drug dealers led to six people being remanded in custody.

Between Monday 17 and Sunday 23 May, officers in Kent Police’s County Lines and Gangs Team carried out 16 warrants against individuals believed to be involved in supplying class A substances.

The activity had been arranged to support a national week of action carried out by forces across England and Wales.

More than 800 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine, ready for sale on the streets, were seized, and the estimated street value of all seized substances is believed to be in the region £18,000. Cash totalling £8,900, which is suspected to be the proceeds of crime was also seized.

Eleven arrests were also made, with six people remanded in custody by Kent Police having been charged with drug supply offences.

In addition to the enforcement activity, the team worked alongside other agencies to identify and safeguard those at risk of being exploited by the county lines dealers.

This included visiting 34 different addresses which belong to people who are known to be vulnerable to exploitation.

Schools were also visited to educate young people on the dangers posed by gangs.

Detective Inspector Martin Williams, of the County Lines and Gangs Team, said: ‘Tackling county line dealers remains an ongoing priority for Kent Police.

‘The week has been successful in significantly disrupting the supply of drugs in Kent, with a vast quantity of heroin and crack cocaine that was destined for our streets seized.

‘Our work does not stop with one week of action and we will continue to take the most robust action available against those who blight our communities by exploiting vulnerable people and dealing drugs.’

Detective Inspector Martin Williams

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