West Somerset Drugs Bust

Avon and Somerset Police joined forces with West Midland Police this week in a county lines operation. They used simultaneous warrants to arrest seven people in West Somerset this week (Wednesday, November 24). Officers also made an arrest in the Wolverhampton area.

Five people have subsequently been charged with offences.

Phoenix Fox aged 32 and Clare Finka aged 47, both from Bridgwater and Natasia Gayle aged 25 from Wolverhampton, have each been charged with being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs..

Tina Austin-Saunders aged 42 and Lewis Cunningham aged 19, both from Bridgwater, have been charged with being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs and possession with intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine.

The charges relate to alleged drug offences between 4 July and 24 November 2021.

All five were remanded in custody and will appear at Taunton Magistrates Court today (Friday, November 26).

A 31-year-old man who was arrested has been interviewed and released under investigation. A 32-year-old woman and a 43-year-old man, who were also arrested, have since been released on police bail.

A considerable number of weapons, drugs and cash were recovered during the operation. The operation involved specialist drugs officers, neighbourhood policing teams, operational support and dog operations.

Detective Inspector Scott Chadwick explains “These arrests and charges are the latest stage of our work to combat county lines gangs who are importing drugs into Avon and Somerset and organising the dealing of these in our towns and villages.  We are working closely with our colleagues across the UK to ensure those behind these activities are brought to justice.”

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