Harrogate county lines drug suspect arrested
Oct 5, 2020
Harrogate Police Station

A 19-year-old male from Harrogate appeared in court on Saturday less than 24 hours after being arrested on suspicion of possessing crack cocaine with intent to supply.

North Yorkshire Police’s Operation Expedite team, which tackles county lines drug crime, arrested the man on Cheltenham Mount, Harrogate on Friday morning.

Officers chased the male on foot after suspecting a drug deal was taking place.

A quantity of suspected crack cocaine was seized by officers.

The 19-year-old was charged with possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply and remanded in custody.

On Saturday morning, he appeared at York Magistrates’ Court (sitting in Leeds). The case has been sent for trial on November 9.

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The police said typical signs of cuckooing – drug dealers taking over a vulnerable person’s home to sell and store drugs – are:

  • Increased callers and cars at the property
  • Increased antisocial behaviour at a property
  • Not seeing the resident for long periods of time

Signs that a young person may be being exploited, include:

  • Frequently going missing from school or home
  • Unexplained money, clothes, or mobile phones
  • Carrying weapons
  • Significant decline in school results / performance
  • Significant changes in emotional well-being

If anyone has any information, they can call North Yorkshire Police on 101. To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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