A 40 year old man from Speke in Merseyside, was arrested in Bangor on Tuesday, 9 July, on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

The arrest involved officers from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit working alongside officers from North Wales Police as part of a ‘County Lines’ operation. Drugs were seized along with a large quantity of cash.

‘County Lines’ is a term used when drug gangs from big cities expand their operations to smaller towns, often using violence to drive out local dealers and exploiting children and vulnerable people to sell drugs.

Drug dealers will use dedicated mobile phone lines, known as ‘deal lines’, to take orders from drug users. Heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine are the most common drugs being supplied and ordered. In most instances, the users or customers will live in a different area to where the dealers and networks are based, so drug runners are needed to transport the drugs and collect payment.

Police confirmed that a 40 year old male from Merseyside was arrested in connection to the incident and has since been released on bail with conditions not to enter North Wales.

Photos: North West Regional Organised Crime Unit