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Two arrested in county lines drug dealing investigation in Nottinghamshire

Positive police action resulted in the arrests of a 54-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy in connection with an investigation into county lines drug dealing in Sutton-in-Ashfield.

Acting on intelligence officers stopped a car, believed linked to county lines, in Lime Lane, Arnold, at about 10am on Saturday (26 June).

The boy ran off into a hedgerow chased by officers. He was soon tracked down thanks to good work teamwork by a police dog and handler.

The dog tracked through fields and woodland before indicating on an area of grassland where the suspect was hiding. He was detained and found to be in possession of cannabis, a mobile phone and cash.

Officers also found mobile phones and a knife inside the car and arrested the adult occupant on suspicion of conspiring to supply a Class B drug and possession of a knife in a public place.

The boy was questioned on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class B drug.

The arrests come after a report of two boys who were seen dealing drugs in the Outram Street area of Sutton-in-Ashfield town centre shortly after 2.20pm on Wednesday (23 June).

The car stopped on Saturday is believed to be linked to one of the boys concerned.

Neither the man nor the boy arrested live in Ashfield.

County lines is a term used to describe urban gangs supplying drugs to other parts of the UK using dedicated mobile phone lines. The gangs are likely to exploit children or vulnerable adults to move and store drugs and they will often use violence and coercion.

This is a national issue and the force has been working to identify criminal gangs, protecting vulnerable people who are at risk of exploitation and enforcement and disruption activity targeting those who pose the most risk to the local community.

Nottinghamshire Police has a dedicated county lines team which is aware of the issue and is working closely with the force’s proactive Operation Reacher and neighbourhood policing teams to tackle this problem and protect young people at risk of criminal exploitation.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Kate Long, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “County lines drug dealing blights communities and the lives of those taking drugs and those who are often coerced into dealing them on behalf of organised crime groups.

“These arrests are just one example of the work we carry out day in day out, working closely with our partners,  to crack down on those involved in county lines and to safeguard vulnerable young people at risk of criminal exploitation.

“We continue to respond to intelligence and seek opportunities to disrupt criminal activity linked to county lines and we will relentlessly pursue drug dealers who look to exploit others.

“I’d like to thank the members of the public who have reported their concerns about drug dealing to us and I hope the ongoing positive action we’re taking to tackle this issue reassures people how committed we are to tackling serious and organised crime.”

Anyone who has information regarding drug dealing in their area, is urged to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or dial 999 in an emergency.