Four more Preston men have been charged with drugs offences following raids across the city.Advertisement
Jerome Carter, 21, of Millbank, Fulwood, Preston has been charged with supplying heroin and supplying crack cocaine. He appeared at Preston Magistrates Court on Friday morning.
Andrew Shields, 19, of Cypress Close, Preston has been charged with being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug of Class B – cannabis, supplying crack cocaine and possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of class B – cannabis. He also appeared at Preston Magistrates Court on Friday morning.
Mark Sowerby, 36, of Fishergate Hill, Preston has been charged with two counts of being concerned in the supply of heroin. He also appeared at Preston Magistrates Court on Friday morning.
Abdul Din, 44, of New Hall Lane, Preston has been charged with two counts of supplying heroin and offering to supply heroin. He has been bailed to appear at Preston Magistrates Court on 27 August.
A total of 22 people were arrested during this week as part of Operation Nemesis.
DI Warren Atkinson from Preston Police said: “We have taken a robust approach to tackling OCG related gang criminality, in particular those who cause serious levels of violence and anti-social behaviour within our neighbourhoods. The Operation was very successful as a result of community intelligence that has been developed into strong evidential cases that has resulted in 18 persons being charged with supply offences and 16 have been remanded in custody with early guilty pleas in four cases.
“As a result of the searches generated by the weeks operation, £60,000 cash has been recovered that is subject to criminal investigation. Furthermore stolen property worth £20,000 was recovered and also seized were controlled drugs with a street value in excess of £5,000.
“This will have a significant impact on OCG related activity within Preston and is a result of successful collaboration of uniformed and detective resources across the county and our criminal justice partners. I would like to thank the officers involved for their hard work and enthusiasm and, in particular, the members of the public who allowed this to happen. Please keep the information coming either by talking to your local neighbourhood policing team, ringing 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”