A man, 20 and a boy, 16, were seen acting suspiciously in the Library Gardens area of Harrogate and were stopped by officers from North Yorkshire Police’s Operation Expedite team.
Following searches, a large quantity of suspected heroin and crack cocaine was seized and the pair were arrested on suspicion of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply.
The 20-year-old has been released on police bail and the 16-year-old released while under investigation as enquiries continue.
North Yorkshire Police’s Expedite teams focuses on those involved in drug dealing, particularly ‘County Lines’ – dealers travelling from outside of North Yorkshire to pedal drugs, often exploiting vulnerable and young people and forcing them to sell their drugs for them.
Tackling County Lines drug dealing is a priority for North Yorkshire Police, and Expedite teams work proactively to prevent and detect drug dealing and associated offences. They also work to safeguard and protect those who are vulnerable and targeted by organised crime networks.
The force says information from the public is vital in helping it to do this. To find out more about how you can help and what to look out for, visit northyorkshire.police.uk/what-we-do/tackling-crime/county-lines-drug-dealing/
Anyone who has any information about drug dealing in their area is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101. If you prefer not to speak to the police and remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org