Police seize cash, suspected class A drugs and make two arrests in Banbury as part of county lines drugs operation

Police arrested two people this morning as part of a drugs operation after warrants were simultaneously served at addresses in Banbury and London.

Tuesday, 8th June 2021, 4:16 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th June 2021, 4:19 pm

Police arrested two people this morning after warrants were simultaneously served at addresses in Banbury and London.

Police executed simultaneous warrants early this morning around 5.30 with Thames Valley Police serving a warrant in Broad Street, Banbury, and their colleagues at the Metropolitan Police serving another warrant at Tower Hamlets, London.

The execution of the warrants was the culmination of a six month investigation into the activity of a county drug line code named “Operation Judo."

As a result of the warrants being served police arrested a 21 year old man and 15 year old youth for possession with intent to supply class A drugs and concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

The two people arrested remain in custody at Banbury Police Station. A quantity of suspected class A drugs, cash and other items have been seized as part of the operation.

TVP Banbury officers posted a message about the arrests on Twitter saying they were part of operation #Stronghold, a force wide initiative to tackle organised crime.

The Banbury Guardian published a story late month about a week-long police operation called #Stronghold tackling organised crime and county lines drug dealing.

Thames Valley Police serve a warrant as part of county lines drugs investigation called 'Operation Judo' (Image from the TVP Cherwell Facebook page)

The week-long operation last month saw three warrants executed in Banbury on the same day and four drugs arrests. Closure orders were later issued by the court for two of the addresses in Banbury where police executed search warrants as part of the operation.

Suspected class A drugs seized during 'Operation Judo' county lines drugs investigation by TVP (Image from the TVP Cherwell Facebook page)