Arrests made in county lines work

North Yorkshire Police arrested 20 people and made 87 welfare visits to 95 vulnerable people during a national week of action to tackle “county lines” drug dealing.

Tuesday, 1st June 2021, 8:33 am

Two men and a woman, all from Leeds, were arrested in the early hours of Saturday May 22 after the car they were travelling in was stopped by officers on the A1 near Wetherby.

A police spokesman said: “Officers searched the car and the suspects and found a large amount of cash, a meat cleaver and a small amount of cannabis.

“The driver, a man in his 30s was arrested on suspicion of a number of motoring offences including drug driving and driving while disqualified and possessing a knife.

“The passengers, a woman in her 30s, was arrested on suspicion of possessing cannabis and possessing a knife, and a man in his 20s was arrested on suspicion of possessing a knife, acquiring criminal property (the cash), he was also recalled to prison for breaching the terms of his prison license.

“All three were arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft. The driver has been released while under investigation and the woman was released without charge.”

On the Saturday afternoon officers stopped a speeding vehicle on the A1 near Tadcaster.

On noticing the smell of cannabis from the car, offices searched it and found a large vacuum bag of cannabis.

The driver, a man in his 30s from Romford, Essex, was arrested and later charged with possessing cannabis. He is due to appear at York Magistrates’ Court on 8 June.