Two charged with drug offences in Southend

Specialist officers dedicated to tackling county lines gangs and violence associated with drug dealing have seen charges authorised against two people.

On Monday September 25, officers with Op Raptor deployed to the area of Coleman Street, Southend, following complaints from residents relating to Class A drug use and anti-social behaviour.

Acting swiftly, officers arrested a 17-year-old boy, from Oxford, and a 27-year-old man, of no fixed address.

They also recovered a significant quantity of cash, two knives, and wraps of suspected Class A drugs.

The two have subsequently been charged with weapons and drugs offences and appeared at Southend Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday September 26.

They have been remanded in custody, with the 17-year-old boy due to appear at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday October 25.

The 27-year-old man will next appear at Basildon Crown Court on Tuesday October 24.