From Devon & Cornwall Police Class-A drugs hidden in a Kinder Surprise and a large quantity of cash has been seized following a policing operation in North Devon. On Wednesday 16th August, local officers attended an address in Barnstaple and executed a warrant under the misuse of drugs act.
During the search a significant quantity of what is believed to be heroin and crack cocaine was found, stuffed inside a Kinder Surprise shell. Following this, a proactive stop-check of a car on the North Devon Link Road took place; searches of this car lead to the discovery of a significant amount of cash which has also been seized.
A 41-year-old local woman and an 18-year-old man from London have both been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a class-A drug and await questioning.
Superintendent Toby Davies, said: “We believe this case has strong links to a county lines group, which is an out of force drugs network.
“Over the last year, we have seen an increase in the number of drug dealers coming into North Devon from out of our area. These are unsavoury individuals who are preying on vulnerable members of our community to conduct their illicit business and using serious violence to enforce their debts.
“We will continue to put significant resources to target these individuals and groups. This operation sends out the strongest of messages that North Devon is not a soft touch.
“Yesterday’s arrests are another good example of the proactive response of our local teams to target these groups. It is vital that we continue to be supported by our local communities as the intelligence they share is vital in keeping our streets safe.”
Anyone with any information that can help police target drug dealers within Devon and Cornwall is asked to call 101, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also pass on information anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.