A man from Chesham has been arrested on suspicion of several drug crimes following a huge raid in Hampshire.

The 23-year-old, who has not been named, was apprehended on Wednesday, October 11 of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class A.

Officers stopped a vehicle on Windsor Way, Aldershot, and following a search, found suspected Class A drugs and £500 in cash.

The man was also arrested on suspicion of driving a vehicle otherwise in accordance with a licence, and using a motor vehicle on a road without third-party insurance.

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He has been bailed with conditions until Thursday, January 11.

Police in Hart and Rushmoor seized more than £4,000 in cash, arrested 10 people and disrupted various drugs lines during...

Posted by Farnborough Cops on Monday, 23 October 2023

This was part of a drug bust within Aldershot, which resulted in the officers in both Hart and Rushmoor arresting 10 people and seizing more than £4,000 in cash.

This was part of the County Lines Intensification Week which ran between Monday, October 9 and Sunday, October 15.

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County Lines is the term used when organised criminal networks move illegal drugs out of larger cities into smaller areas across the UK, using dedicated mobile phone lines.

During the seven-day operation, officers from Hart & Rushmoor’s Priority Crime and Neighbourhood Policing Team executed a warrant at an address along Aldershot’s High Street.

This resulted in the discovery of suspected Class A drugs, around £3,500 in cash and a knife inside the property.

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One of the occupants, 27-year-old Joshua Bowen, has since been charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class A and acquiring, using and possessing criminal property.

He appeared at Basingstoke Magistrates Court on Wednesday, October 11 and has been remanded into custody.

He is next due to appear at Winchester Crown Court on Wednesday, November 8.

Hart and Rushmoor Police Sergeant Helen Wentworth said: “Disrupting County Lines drug dealing and preventing the exploitation of children and vulnerable people in Hart and Rushmoor is a priority for us, and this week of action has proven to be a great success.

“What’s more, two people have been charged and their cases are currently going through the courts.

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“Weeks of action are carried out on top of the work we do all year round to identify those involved in drugs and County Lines networks and it is only made possible by the reports we get from our residents, our partners and the community.

“Where there are drugs, there is almost always violence which is why tackling and disrupting the supply of drugs, especially through County Lines, is a vital part of our work to reduce violent crime and keep people safe.”