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Arrests made linked to Banbury drugs trade

Three people have been questioned in connection with Banbury's illegal drugs trade after searches uncovered a big stash of controlled drugs.

Officers from here went to Wolverhampton on Tuesday to arrest two 23 year old men, while a 29 year old woman was also questioned voluntarily.

It's the latest phase of investigations into what's known as County Lines - where dealers from outside Banbury come into the town to ply their trade.

A 40-year-old man from Sussex remains in custody after he was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs.

Following the warrants officers also seized what is believed to be a significant amount of controlled drugs, a large amount of cash as well as expensive items of clothing and jewellery. Officers also seized a suspected weapon which was a piece of wood with nails hammered into it.

Senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Lewis Prescott-Mayling, said: “We continue to pursue those who deal drugs in the Thames Valley, and we carried out these warrants in Wolverhampton as we continue to investigate county lines drug dealing in Banbury.

“Those who deal drugs cause substantial harm to our communities.

“Thames Valley police will continue to work in partnership through our Stronghold campaign to prevent and prosecute this criminal activity whilst protecting those who are vulnerable.

“We would ask that if anyone has information which can assist the police to report it on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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