Officers from Surrey Police’s Operation Viking team are continuing to crack down on county lines drug dealing after two men were sentenced at Guildford Crown Court on Friday (6 September).
Robert Lawson, 52, of Wenlock Edge, Dorking, was jailed for a further 10 months after pleading guilty to two counts of permitting the use of premises for the supply of drugs. Lawson is already serving 28 months in prison for drug supply offences after he was sentenced in April this year.
Melkior Beatrix, 18, from Ingrave Street, Wandsworth, London, was handed a 15 month suspended sentence after pleading guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of a taser.
Officers carried out a search warrant under Section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act at Lawson’s address on 6 March 2018.
After arresting Beatrix, they suspected that he was smuggling drugs inside his body and he was taken to hospital for tests. He was subsequently placed in a cell with a drugs toilet. After three hours, he passed a package later found to contain 16 wraps of heroin and 10 wraps of crack cocaine.
A stun gun disguised as a torch was also found in a bag Beatrix was wearing when officers forced entry to the address.
The pair were charged and pleaded guilty at Guildford Crown Court on 6 March 2019.
Investigating officer, PC Lee Munday said: “Operation Viking has been set up to tackle drug dealers travelling into East Surrey and the local residents who help facilitate this, more commonly known as “County Line” dealing. Drugs are a blight upon our local communities and we are doing everything we can to disrupt the supply of drugs on our streets.
“We would encourage the public to continue reporting any concerns or information to us.
“The information you provide us will be used to help us build a picture of local activity and we will be able to better target our patrols as a result.”
What are the signs of potential drug dealing?
- Lots of visitors, who don’t stay very long, arriving at all times of the day and night
- People waiting in cars outside particular properties exchanging small packets or cash
- Lots of visitors bringing value items such as TVs or bikes but leaving empty handed
- Lone/vulnerable neighbours suddenly having groups of young men living at their address
What we want to know
- Times, dates and places
- Vehicle registrations and/or the make, model and colour of the vehicle
- Descriptions of people and details of what they were doing
- The direction they travelled to and from
- How many times you have seen them – is it always at the same time of day?
Don’t put yourself at risk while gathering this information. Please pass information to the police and do not confront or approach suspected drug dealers.
If you have information about suspected drug dealing or anti-social behaviour in your area, call us on 101 or contact us via our website at www.surrey.police.uk
You can also report anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.