Drugs seized and man arrested in Ramsgate with county lines investigation underway

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A suspected drug dealer has been arrested and drugs seized by officers in Ramsgate.

Uniformed and plain clothes officers operated in the town on the evening of Friday 10 May, looking out for anyone displaying suspicious or predatory behaviour.

As part of their work, plain clothes officers saw a man acting suspiciously near a car in Harbour Parade. The area of the car was searched and suspected cocaine was found on a wheel.

The man, a 20-year-old from west London, was arrested and has since been bailed pending an ongoing investigation into potential county line drug dealing.

The team of officers also visited pubs and venues around the town and stopped and searched nine people, three of whom were given a community resolution for possession of small amounts of illegal drugs. A large nitrous oxide cannister was also seized from a group of teenagers, who were dispersed.

Inspector Jim Woodward, of Thanet Community Safety Unit, said: “Plain clothes officers operating during the evenings in busy towns like Ramsgate can help us spot anyone acting suspiciously.

“It may be that they are displaying signs of predatory behaviour towards women and girls, or, as in this instance, they may be linked to the drug trade.

“We will continue to carry out operations like this to take criminals off the streets and make sure Thanet’s towns remain the safe and vibrant places they are to socialise.”