THREE people have been arrested and more than £1,000 has been seized during a drugs crackdown in Hart and Rushmoor.

During County Lines Intensification Week, which ran from Monday, March 4 until Sunday, March 10, three people were arrested, a total of £1,275 in cash was seized as well as a number of Class A and Class B drugs – including more than 200g of cocaine.

Of the three arrests, two people were charged and have already appeared in court. 

Police Sergeant Helen Wentworth, from the Hart and Rushmoor Priority Crime Team, said: “Our officers have been out disrupting County Lines drug dealing in Hart and Rushmoor.

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Basingstoke Gazette:

“My team takes this extremely seriously and our officers do everything we can to prevent the exploitation of children and vulnerable people in the district.

“We arrested three people, charging two of them, seized more than 200g of cocaine, disrupted a number of drugs lines and took a considerable amount of Class A and Class B drugs off the streets – so I'm pleased to say the week has been a huge success.

“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.

“Please continue to tell us about any suspected drugs activity in your neighbourhood so we can safeguard children and vulnerable adults and bring offenders to justice.”

On Tuesday, March 5, officers carried out a joint operation at Aldershot train station with British Transport Police and the dog unit. A number of people were searched and a community resolution was issued for a drugs offence.

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Later that day, a man was arrested after officers noticed suspicious behaviour in Church Lane West, a foot chase ensued and a man was arrested on nearby Ayling Hill.

Following a search at the scene, officers found a large amount of cannabis, which was seized. An officer suffered minor injuries during the arrest.

Erisd Domi, 18, of no fixed abode, was charged with possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class B and assault by beating of an emergency worker. He is due to appear at Winchester Crown Court on April 5.

On Thursday, March 7, officers arrested a woman after noticing her acting suspiciously in the Municipal Gardens area of Aldershot.

Officers searched an address nearby and located a large quantity of Class A drugs, offensive weapons, mobile phones and cash.

Abisola Ajayi, 29, of Queens Road, Aldershot, was charged with three counts of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class A and acquiring/using/possessing criminal property.

She was also charged with possessing an offensive weapon in a private place and possessing a weapon for the discharge of a noxious liquid/gas/electrical incapacitation device.

Ajayi is due to appear at Winchester Crown Court on April 10.

On Friday, March 8, a man was arrested after officers found bags of suspected Class A drugs in Aldershot.

Officers were patrolling Grosvenor Road when they noticed the driver of a black Mercedes acting suspiciously. Following a search of the vehicle, officers found cash, two mobile phones and bags of suspected Class A drugs.

A 28-year-old man from Northampton was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class A. He has been bailed with conditions while Hampshire Constabulary carries out enquiries.