Teenager is charged in connection with Portsmouth county lines operation

A TEENAGER has been charged after a county lines investigation in Portsmouth.

Tuesday, 15th September 2020, 5:52 pm

Detectives have been looking into a county lines operation in Portsmouth and Southampton, and have today charged a man in connection with this.

Olaleye Oduola, 19 from Iris Crescent, Bexleyheath, Kent, has been charged with five offences – two counts of possession with intent to supply controlled drug of class A, possession with intent to supply controlled drug of class B, being concerned in supply of heroin, being concerned in supply of crack cocaine and assaulting an emergency worker.

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Police have been investigating a county lines operation in Portsmouth and Southampton. Picture: Mark Fear

He has been remanded in police custody to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court today.

T/Chief Superintendent Nigel Lecointe, said: ‘This was great policing by officers from Portsmouth’s Neighbourhood High Harm Team supporting our Op Monument investigation into the supply of drugs in our communities.

‘Tackling county lines and its consequences are a national law enforcement priority. The National Crime Agency, Hampshire Constabulary and other police forces, alongside other partners are working extensively to identify and target the most serious perpetrators.

‘By taking out those at the centre of the lines, we not only disrupt the criminal network, but we prevent a whole host of other crimes from taking place.’

Anyone concerned about drug dealing in their neighbourhoods can contact police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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