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Suspected ‘county lines’ drug dealer arrested in Bristol

Added on 05 January 2018 at 14:41

A teenager from Luton suspected of dealing class A drugs in Bristol was arrested with another man from Fishponds yesterday (January 4). 

Officers saw one of the men acting suspiciously outside the home of a known user on Lodge Road, which they searched, finding a large amount of uncut Class A drugs together with a number of wraps. 

A short time later they carried out a warrant on Russell Road, Fishponds, home of the 19-year-old and where the 18-year-old man from Luton was found.  A stash of bank notes was seized. 

PCSO using radio
PCSO using radio

Neighbourhood officer PC Richard Glanville said: “Both men were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs and we believe they were ‘cuckooing’ the address of the drug user on Lodge Road, in other words using his home to store and deal drugs from.   

“Just a few weeks ago I carried out a warrant at the same address on Russell Road where Class A drugs, more than £1k in cash, drugs paraphernalia, a knife and three mobile phones were seized from his bedroom. 

“We won’t give up, nor will we let Bristol become an easy target for county lines to operate.” 

Episode one of BBC Three’s Drugsland series, available on iPlayer, shows the work of Bristol officers to target county lines and cuckooing. 

Anyone with information about people they believe to be dealing drugs should report their suspicions online here or call the non-emergency number 101. 

Or, to give information anonymously, call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or through their website,  They never ask for your name and cannot trace your call.

If you’re concerned about a young person currently involved in or at risk of drug dealing, contact Catch22’s Dawes Unit, an independent organisation that works with young people and their families.  Find our more here