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Herefordshire's continued success with largest operation of its kind in the region

On Tuesday 27 November the final arrest phase of 'Operation Ballet' took place in Leominster and Birmingham in the largest operation of its kind ever carried out in the region.

Eight people across the two locations were arrested by West Mercia, ROCU and West Midlands Police for suspected involvement with 'County Lines' drug dealing networks.

Superintendent Sue Thomas, Herefordshire Commander said: "Operation ballet has targeted and closed down 10 county lines supplying drugs into Herefordshire. 75 arrests have taken place in total and the first trial with six defendants has been sentenced with a total of 41 years.

"Further trials will take place in the coming months. We want to make it clear that supplying illegal drugs will not be tolerated, whether it's in big cities like Birmingham or being transported across county lines to more rural counties like Herefordshire.

"We want to reassure the community that we will be continuing to build on this success and will continue to clamp down on offenders and make it clear that there will be consequences should they engage in dealing illegal drugs."

The raids in Birmingham and Leominster on Tuesday (27 November) saw five men and two women arrested with conspiracy to supply drugs:

  • A 26-year-old-man, from Chestnut Road, Birmingham;
  • A 24-year-old man, from Nash Square, Birmingham;
  • A 41-year-old-man, from Mill Street, Leominster;
  • A 29-year-old woman, from Ridgemoor Road, Leominster;
  • A 37-year-old man, from Ridgemoor Road, Leominster;
  • A 41-year-old-man, from Middlemarsh, Leominster;
  • A 36-year-old woman, from Middlemarsh, Leominster;
  • And, a 50-year-old woman, from St John Kemble Court, Hereford.

A further two three men were  arrested during simultaneous warrants in Leominster for conspiracy to supply drugs:

  • A 25 year-old man, from Ridgemoor Road, Leominster;
  • A 27 year-old man, from Ridgemoor Road, Leominster;
  • A 19-year-old man, from Ridgemoor Road, Leominster.

They have been released under investigation.

Issued: Friday 30 November, 4.30pm, MC, Corporate Communications

Published 30/11/18