A two-day operation to crack down on drug dealing in Thanet has been carried out by Kent Police.
Officers from the County Line and Gang Team were supported by colleagues from Kent Police’s Proactive Targeting Team during the work on March 1-2.
Patrols were carried out across the district and a motorist, who is reported to have tried to evade police, was stopped in a vehicle in Unity Place, Ramsgate, and searched.
Individual bags of cannabis were found along with cash, weighing scales and multiple mobile phones. The 20-year-old from Ramsgate was arrested on suspicion of possession of class B drugs with intent to supply and has been released on bail until March 30.
In total nine people were stopped and searched, safeguarding was carried out and a car was seized for no insurance.
Detective Constable Pete Frampton from the County Line and Gang Team said: “This work is key to disrupting and dismantling the drug trade in our county and helping to remove the fear and anxiety it causes to innocent members of the public. The supply and misuse of drugs in any area can have a profound effect on our communities. Those involved in these offences can also find themselves linked to other types of crime including violence.
“Disrupting drug activity and regularly safeguarding people who are being manipulated by drug dealers remains a priority for us and we will continue to do all we can to show criminals this behaviour won’t be tolerated.
“Our team of officers dedicated to tackling county line drug dealing made 24 arrests in February, seized more than £20,000 in cash and 15 weapons.”