Portsmouth man faces drugs charges after police raid

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Police searching woods near Netley
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A PORTSMOUTH man is among three charged with conspiracy to supply drugs as part of a police campaign against drug-related violence.

Officers swooped on four houses on Friday and arrested seven people as part of Operation Fortress.

Last night, police charged three men – Darren McCash, 31, of Bryher Island, Port Solent, Ben McCash, 20, of Kilford Court, Botley and Bradley McCash, 22, of Kilford Court, Botley, with conspiracy to supply cocaine.

They are also facing separate charges for conspiracy to supply heroin. Darren McCash is also charged with money laundering.

A police spokesman said: ‘The charges were agreed following independent advice from the Crown Prosecution Service.

‘Four other suspects arrested as part of this investigation have been granted police bail until September 1, 2014 pending further enquiries, which are supported by the Hampshire Major Investigation Team.’

The four on bail are a 22-year-old woman from Portsmouth, two 50-year-old women from Southampton, and a 17-year-old boy from Southampton

All seven arrests were made as a result of four warrants executed at addresses in Thornhill, Botley and Portsmouth. Police also searched woodland on Netley Common near Thornhill, Southampton, for evidence on Saturday.

A police spokesman said: ‘Hampshire Constabulary would like to thank members of the public for their understanding during this search.’

All three men were due to appear at Southampton Magistrates Court today.

Operation Fortress is Hampshire Constabulary’s campaign to reduce the harm of drug-related violence in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. It was launched in May 2012. Anyone with information about illegal drugs can call police on 101.