Dorset Police held an operation to tackle county lines drug couriers coming into Weymouth train station and using the county’s road network.
The proactive operation took place last Friday 22 July 2022, targeting those who try to use railways and roads to courier drugs from major cities to seaside towns.
Officers from Dorset Police’s Force Support Group, Neighbourhood Enforcement Team, Rural Crime Team and No Excuse Team were joined by a passive drugs detection dog for high visibility patrols and proactive stop and search activity on individuals of interest.
Officers from Dorset Police were also supported, in planning the operation by British Transport Police.
Police and Crime Commissioner David Sidwick said: “I am delighted to see Op Viper continuing to sting those involved with illegal drugs in Dorset. By working in partnership with British Transport Police, the Op Viper Team have been able to target county lines using trains to enter Dorset.
“This type of action disrupts county lines gangs before they make it into Dorset, and I am grateful to all those involved in this partnership working as it ensures our county is a hostile place for drugs.”
During the operation a number of stop and searches took place but no one was arrested and no items were seized – No Excuse officers did issue a small number of traffic-related tickets during the patrols.