Two arrested in connection with drugs and firearms offences – Hampshire

Specialist officers from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) have today (7/7) arrested two men from Hampshire in connection with drugs supply offences. 

A 53-year-old man from Southampton was arrested in Islington, London, and a 47-year-old man from Fareham was arrested in Weymouth, Dorset, both on suspicion of conspiracy to supply cocaine and conspiracy to supply cannabis. 

The 47-year-old was also arrested on suspicion of conspiring to possess or acquire prohibited weapons and conspiring to possess for sale or transfer an unauthorised firearm or ammunition, and on suspicion of fraud by false representation. 

SEROCU officers were assisted in carrying out the co-ordinated operation by officers from Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Constabulary’s Joint Operations Unit Tactical Firearms Team and officers from the Metropolitan Police Service. 

Detective Inspector Clair Trueman, of SEROCU, said: “These arrests form part of our ongoing work to tackle the supply of drugs and firearms within the South East region.   

“Our efforts to disrupt and dismantle organised crime groups within the UK are ongoing. The supply of drugs and firearms cause misery to those affected, along with immeasurable harm to our communities.” 

Both arrested men are currently in police custody. 

If you have information about the supply of illegal drugs in your community, please report it to your local police force by calling the non-emergency number 101 or via the force’s website.