3rd Aug, 2021

£20,000 worth of drugs seized as police target Coventry gang linked to child exploitation

DRUGS with a street value of around £20,000 were seized during an early morning drug raid in Coventry on a county lines gang linked to child exploitation.

The warrant was executed at a flat in Spon End at 8.30am on Tuesday.

Police were acting on community intelligence linking the property to drugs supply and the gang involved is suspected of grooming vulnerable children to sell drugs on the streets.

Several large bags of dried cannabis bud were seized, along with a bag of cutting agent, dealer bags, digital scales and up to £1,000 in cash.

A 27-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs with intent to supply.

Police also seized a selection of designer clothing, including Gucci trousers and high-end trainers worth hundreds of pounds, which officers suspect have been bought using drugs money.

Coventry Police Det Ch Insp Paul Southern, said: “We prioritise targeting drug dealers as we know their activity is the cause of much of the violence experienced in our communities.

“Police intelligence suggests these offenders are using children to deal at a street level in Coventry and neighbouring towns.

“Anyone who exploits vulnerable children to commit crime will be relentlessly pursued.”

He added the action was a clear demonstration of how the force was listening to the community’s concerns and acting on what it was being told.

“We always take information from the public seriously so if anyone has suspicions that a property is linked to crime, please tell us so we can take action.”

Anyone with information on drug-dealing in their area should submit it via live chat at west-midlands.police.uk or by calling 101.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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