Peterborough man arrested as part of week tackling county lines drug dealing

A Peterborough man has been arrested as part of a week of action to tackle county lines crime.

Monday, 28th September 2020, 1:11 pm

Throughout the national week of action (14-21 September), police also visited vulnerable people across the county to check they were not being exploited by county lines drug dealers and to build up a better picture of the crime in the area.

Working alongside other forces and partners, officers executed warrants in Cambridge, Peterborough, Wisbech and London where a total of nine arrests were made. They seized 88 wraps of heroin, more than £1,000 cash and multiple mobile phones.

In Peterborough Heraldo Alves Te, 25, of Norman Road, Eastfield, was arrested in City Road on Tuesday afternoon (15 September) by the Community Action Team.

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Police taking part in the raid in Cambridge. Pic: Cambs Police
Police taking part in the raid in Cambridge. Pic: Cambs Police

He has since been charged with offering to supply crack cocaine and heroin.

Five potential cuckooed addresses across the county, where drug dealers take over the home of a vulnerable person in order to use it as a base for dealing, were visited and five people safeguarded.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris O’Brien, who lead the operation, said: “County lines is a priority in Cambridgeshire and during this targeted week we successfully dismantled four drug lines.

“Our work will continue beyond this week of action to tackle drug networks, which bring a whole host of criminality to our county as well as harm to the most vulnerable people in our communities.”

Throughout the week the force was also urging the people of Cambridgeshire to look closer in order to spot children and young people who are being exploited by county lines criminals.

Public spaces like bus and train stations, fast food outlets, hotels and roadside services can be where young victims of exploitation are most visible.

Det Ch Insp O’Brien added: “We often hear that victims of county lines criminality don’t know they are being exploited or don’t have the confidence to report it because they fear there may be consequences.

“Children and young people who are being exploited may not always appear vulnerable or act the way we may expect victims should. If something doesn’t feel right, it may not be.”

If you suspect someone is at risk of child exploitation, you can report it to police by calling 101 or visiting https://www.cambs.police.uk/A-Z/Drug-dealing. You don’t have to tell police your name, just what you have seen.