A number of warrants have been conducted in Slough to crack down on county lines and other drug dealing.
Between 3 October and 14 October, 14 warrants were carried out in Slough, with three warrants carried out in the lead up to the pre-planned operation.
In total 24 people have been arrested for a range of offences related to drug dealing.
We have seized three machetes, thousands of pounds worth of cash, quantities of cocaine and heroin and seized drugs line phones.
Of those arrested, 13 people have been charged in connection with 39 offences and will be going through the court process. All 13 charged have been remanded in custody.
The warrants have been conducted as a result of work by Thames Valley Police’s Drug Focus Task Force and Slough Local Policing Area, with support from the Metropolitan Police.
Superintendent Lee Barnham, Local Police Commander for Slough, said: “We have conducted a significant operation to target those involved in “County Lines” drug dealing in Slough.
“The operation’s aim, which has been a number of months in the planning, is to stop criminals who bring misery to our communities in Slough.
“They exploit young and vulnerable people, subjecting them to or forcing them to carry out violence, and carry drugs, and all for the criminal’s own financial gain.
“This is just part of our ongoing commitment to stopping this absolute blight on our communities.
“We will continue to work to disrupt drug dealing in Slough but also work in partnership in order to get help to vulnerable individuals who are being caught up in drug dealing, which can have the most tragic consequences for them.”
“Drug dealers will take advantage of those who use drugs. They will use you to deal drugs for them, minimising their risk of being arrested, and might give you drugs in return. But you will always owe them. Please seek help rather than falling prey to them.”