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Fourteen people arrested as a result of County Lines operation

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

 

Fourteen people have been arrested in connection with drugs offences after strikes under the name Operation Banshee.

Operation Banshee is a Lancashire Police investigation into the supply of Class A drugs, including heroin and crack cocaine, into the Blackpool area.

The operation, which took place between 4th July and 15th July, was aimed at targeting drugs offending in the resort.

Officers have been investigating a county line that originates from the Salford area, with it reported young people have been used to facilitate the street level supply in Blackpool, with other nominals assisting in varying roles.

Support was given from Greater Manchester Police, Merseyside Police and North West Regional and Organised Crime Unit resources.

Detective Chief Inspector James Edmonds said: “County Lines is a significant threat, both nationally and locally within Lancashire. These organised criminal gangs’ prey on the vulnerable and exploit them at will, often leaving their victims with devastating long-term consequences.

“Lancashire Constabulary is committed to robustly tackle, disrupt, and dismantle groups who bring Class A drugs into our communities. We are determined to protect those most at risk and rid our communities of these activities.

“During this operation we have worked closely with our partners in Greater Manchester Police, Merseyside Police and North West Regional Organised Crime Unit to develop intelligence and gather evidence. This demonstrates our commitment to work closely with regional forces to bring offenders to justice. The message is clear, we will identify those who are running drug lines wherever you are.

“These arrests are a message to those who would consider engaging in these activities in Lancashire. We will relentlessly pursue those responsible and we will continue to develop operations of this type and you can expect to see further arrests of county lines criminals in the future.”

The following list of people have been charged and will appear before Blackpool Magistrates’ on 3rd August:

  • Roxanne Smethurst, 33, of Cornwall Drive, Bury, was charged with Conspiracy to Supply Class A Heroin and Conspiracy to supply Class A Crack Cocaine.

  • Ian Angus, 36, of Cornwall Drive, Bury, was charged with Conspiracy to Supply Class A Heroin, Conspiracy to supply Class A Crack Cocaine and Convert Criminal property.

  • Mohammed Abdalla, 19, of Kendrew Road, Bolton, was charged with Conspiracy to Supply Class A Heroin and Conspiracy to supply Class A Crack Cocaine.

  • Daniel McGuiness, 18, of George Street, Salford, was charged with Conspiracy to Supply Class A Heroin and Conspiracy to supply Class A Crack Cocaine.

  • Stephanie Rutter, 35, of Dixon Avenue, Salford, was charged with Conspiracy to Supply Class A Heroin and Conspiracy to supply Class A Crack Cocaine.

  • James Jones, 46, of Duke Street, Hyde, was charged with conspiracy to Supply Class A Heroin and Conspiracy to supply Class A Crack Cocaine.

  • Lewis Johnson, 18, of Woodlake Avenue, Manchester, was charged with Conspiracy to Supply Class A Heroin and Conspiracy to supply Class A Crack Cocaine.

  • A 17-year-old from Bolton was charged with Conspiracy to Supply Class A Heroin and Conspiracy to supply Class A Crack Cocaine.

  • A 17-year-old from Manchester was charged with Conspiracy to Supply Class A Heroin, Conspiracy to supply Class A Crack Cocaine and Possession of an Offensive Weapon.

The following people have been given summons to appear at court:

  • Ryan Angus, 24, of Allesley Drive, Cheetham, is to appear at court via video link on the 26/07/22. Postal Req with Conspiracy to Supply Class A Heroin and Conspiracy to supply Class A Crack Cocaine.

  • Mustafa Mohamud, 21, of no fixed address, is to appear at court via video link on the 26/07/22. Postal Req with Conspiracy to Supply Class A Heroin and Conspiracy to supply Class A Crack Cocaine.

  • Luis Fonseca, 24, of New Street, St Helens, to appear at court via video link on the 26/07/22. Postal Req with Conspiracy to Supply Class A Heroin and Conspiracy to supply Class A Crack Cocaine.

  • A 17-year-old of no fixed address has received a Postal Req for Conspiracy to Supply Class A Heroin and Conspiracy to supply Class A Crack Cocaine.

A 29-year-old woman from Blackpool was arrested on suspicion of Conspiracy to Supply Class A Heroin and Conspiracy to supply Class A Crack Cocaine and released with no further action.


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