30 arrested in drugs sting

By Tim Clarke 31/05 Updated: 01/06 09:43

THIRTY people have been arrested during a major police clampdown on drug dealing involving heroin and cocaine in Worcester.

More than 150 officers took part in the two-day operation tackling West Midlands organised crime groups operating in the city.

Warrants were executed at 13 addresses in Worcester today (Thursday) and a total of 14 people are being held in custody on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

That was after 22 addresses were targeted, including a further six in Worcester, on Tuesday (May 29) when 16 people were arrested.

Fifteen of these have already been charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs with eleven appearing at Worcester Magistrates' Court on Wednesday where all but one were remanded in custody to appear at Worcester Crown Court at a later date.

The sting, which forms part of Operation Dorado, has been spearheaded by West Mercia Police's Serious Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), which is targeting the supply of heroin and cocaine to local dealers in Worcester.

An undercover operation has been going on for months while officers collected evidence against criminals from the West Midlands and street dealers in Worcester.

Officers from West Midlands Police and British Transport Police were drafted in to help with the arrests.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Andrews, who leads SOCU, said: "Operation Dorado is a multi-faceted, complex and long-standing investigation that was launched following concerns raised by residents in Worcester, in particular about street dealing. The Serious Organised Crime Unit is aiming to not just tackle these street dealers but the organised crime groups from the West Midlands who are supplying them with heroin and cocaine.

"There is a lot of work still to do and our focus now is dealing with the individuals we have in custody."

Superintendent Steve Cullen, police commander for south Worcestershire, said: "Although the issue of drugs is no more of a problem in Worcester than it is elsewhere in the country, unless we robustly tackled the supply of Class A drugs, they can blight our communities, causing immeasurable misery."

"Drug addiction fuels violence and crimes such as burglary and robbery. By proactively targeting the serious and organised groups who choose to drive this criminality, we are bringing to justice those who cause much harm in our communities."

Sup Int Cullen urged anyone with information on drug crime to contact police on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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