Six arrested as Surrey and Metropolitan Police join forces to disrupt drug dealing
Surrey Police’s Operation Viking officers have teamed up with colleagues from the capital to stamp out cross border drug dealing.
Op Viking is an ongoing campaign to disrupt drug dealers coming into the county from London to commit crime, which has so far resulted 26 charges and 60 arrests since it started in October.
During a day of action yesterday (March 17) they worked with officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Trident workforce as part of Operation Plexus which involved 12 police forces in total to simultaneously disrupt drug supply networks.
The operation involved Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras on the A23 to detect any vehicles of interest, and resulted in 6 arrests and the seizure of a large amount of substances that are believed to be crack cocaine and heroin.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Preston said: “We know that drug dealers and their runners use all modes of transport to come in and out of the county and this is just one tactic we can use to disrupt their networks.
“I hope the public are reassured that we are taking the issue of drugs in the county seriously and have a committed team of officers on Operation Viking who are making the county as safe as it can be. If dealers continue to come here to commit crime they will be arrested.
“If you have any information about drug dealing in your community please call us, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Op Viking’s latest success at court came yesterday where Epsom drug dealer Francis Barry was jailed for three years: