Portsmouth teenager arrested as police swoop on taxi

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A PORTSMOUTH teenager is among four people charged with drug offences following a dramatic police swoop on a taxi.

The cab was stopped in Weston Lane, Bitterne, Southampton, as part of Operation Fortress which aims to slash the supply of drugs, reduce demand for them and help rebuild local communities free from the fear of violence.

The front-seat passenger, Abdi Farah, 19, of Cromwell Road, Hayes, Middlesex, was searched, arrested and later charged with possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin.

He was remanded in custody to next appear at Southampton Magistrates Court on Thursday.

As a result of their inquiries, officers from the Operation Fortress team raided a flat in Rotterdam Towers, Weston.

That led to the arrest of a further five people, three of whom were later charged.

A 17-year-old Portsmouth girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged with possession with intent to supply heroin and possession of cannabis.

Omar Abdi, 19, of Bourne Avenue, Hayes, and Abdi Saeed, 30, of Rowstoft Gardens, Camden, north London, were both charged with conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.

Both are remanded in custody to appear at Southampton Crown Court on September 28.

Two Southampton men, both 21, arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs, were bailed until September 14.

The taxi was stopped at about 10am last Wednesday. Hampshire police have just released details.