Seven people from West Lancs on drugs and weapons charges after county lines raids

Seven people from West Lancs on drugs and weapons charges after county lines raids

by Henry James (July 2021)

DOZENS of people, including seven from West Lancashire, have been charged with a variety of drug and weapons-related offences, during four weeks of police enforcement targeting County Lines which also saw £420,000 in cash, assets and drugs seized.

Operation Stabilise targeted the suspected networks – where illegal drugs are transported from one area to another, usually by children or vulnerable people who are coerced into it by gangs – across Lincolnshire, Lancashire, and Nottinghamshire.

The ‘County Line’ is the mobile phone line used to take the orders of drugs.

The ten-month investigation, culminated with 38 search warrants executed.

The operation included PCs, intelligence officers and detectives, to armed response officers, and forensics units, and saw 10 separate drug conspiracy investigations conducted.

More than £300,000 in assets were seized including designer watches, clothing, electrical goods and cars, as well as more than £55,000 in cash, an estimated £53,000 of Class A crack and heroin, and around £12,000 of cannabis, and weapons including knives, a shotgun and two hand guns.

Chief Inspector Phil Baker of Lincolnshire Police said: “The sale and use of drugs blights entire neighbourhoods, and feeds into the much darker world of County Lines which entices young people into a life of crime through selling a lifestyle before loyalty is tested.

“This is often done by asking for favours and offering a sense of protection, which can then lead to those exploited being trapped through debt bondage, trafficking, isolation from family and friends and physical, psychological and sexual abuse.

“As well as exploiting vulnerable people, County Lines activity also feeds addiction at a local level, and the drug use itself is just the tip of the iceberg; with it comes a bevvy of associated crime such as theft, antisocial behaviour, or violent offences.

“The leaders of organised crime gangs live lavish lifestyles, spending thousands on designer clothes, watches or gadgets, while the people they exploit to traffic drugs or those using them are often living lives so far removed from luxury.

“In short, drugs damage our communities and lives, and we will not tolerate County Lines networks in our area.”

“As a Force we have a unique partnership approach to dealing with local-level drug use, working with the local health services, addiction charities, homeless services, and local authorities to help people escape a life of addiction. Disrupting the efforts of dealers selling in our towns and cities goes a long way to breaking that chain and providing those with addiction a chance to improve their lives.”

The following people were charge from West Lancashire:

- Kristers Sokolovs, 18, of Ennerdale, Tanhouse, Skelmersdale charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs between 11/09/2020 & 07/06/2021. Arrested 07/06/2021 and remanded in custody 08/06/2021 to appear at Lincoln Crown Court on 24/09/2021.

- Keegan Mealor, 18, of Carfield, Skelmersdale charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs between 11/09/2020 and 07/06/2021. Arrested 07/06/2021 and remanded in custody 08/06/2021 to appear at Lincoln Crown Court on 24/09/2021.

- Ryan Williams, 32, of Swanpool Lane, Aughton, Ormskirk charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs between 11/09/2020 and 07/06/2021 and possession of criminal property on 20/02/2021. Arrested 07/06/2021 and remanded in custody 08/6/2021 to appear at Lincoln Crown Court on 24/09/2021.

- Daniels Davidnoks, 19, of Banksbarn, Skelmersdale with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs between 11/09/2020 & 07/06/2021. Arrested 08/06/2021 and bailed to appear at Lincoln Crown Court on 24/09/2021.

- Jake Harris, 22, of Enstone, Tanhouse, Skelmersdale charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs between 11/09/2020 and 07/06/2021. Arrested 08/06/2021 and bailed to appear at Lincoln Crown Court on 24/09/2021.

- Tyler Jo Wilson, 27, of Castlehey, Skelmersdale summonsed for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs between 11/09/2020 and 07/06/2021 and possession of criminal property on 20/02/2021 to appear at Lincoln Crown Court on 24/09/2021.

- Roberts Sokolovs, 20, of Ennerdale, Tanhouse, Skelmersdale, charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs between 11/09/2020 and 07/06/2021. Arrested 07/06/2021 and remanded in custody 08/06/2021 to appear at Lincoln Crown Court on 24/09/2021.

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