More arrests made in connection with Weston-super-Mare drug raids

PUBLISHED: 14:03 20 July 2016 | UPDATED: 14:03 20 July 2016

Police at Ashcombe Road address on Tuesday morning.

Police at Ashcombe Road address on Tuesday morning.

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A further 14 people have today (Wednesday) been arrested in connection with drug raids which saw 53 people arrested across Weston-super-Mare and North Somerset last week.

Today’s arrests were carried out at dawn and saw warrants executed at 11 properties across Somerset – some of which were in Weston.

Thirteen men and one woman have been taken into custody.

In total, 31 people have now been charged with a combined total of 90 counts of supplying Class A drugs after last week’s raids, which took place across two days.

With the exception of a 15-year-old boy, who was bailed to appear at North Somerset Youth Court, all those charged have appeared at Bristol Magistrates’ Court. Twenty-nine were remanded in custody pending an appearance at Bristol Crown Court on August 18, while one woman was released on bail.

Specialist drugs dogs were used to search the properties raided this morning and officers seized a quantity of Class A drugs, in addition to cash, drugs paraphernalia and a number of weapons.

Those taken into custody today have been arrested for offences including supplying Class A drugs and possession of a bladed article.

Chief Inspector Mark Edgington, area commander for Somerset East, said: “Today’s warrants mark another stage in our ongoing investigation into the supply of Class A drugs in Somerset.

“It follows nine months of excellent police work and sends a very clear message that we in Avon and Somerset Constabulary are in no way a soft touch and we will not tolerate drug dealing in our area.”

Anyone with information can contact police via the 24 hour police enquiry number, by 101 or via the website. Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.


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