An operation that was created to tackle County Lines activity in Kettering and Corby has secured some fantastic results.
Operation Voltage was launched in March 2023 by Northamptonshire Police’s Proactive Crime and Intelligence Team with an aim to tackle County Lines and their associated criminality in the north of the county by having a dedicated investigation team focusing on charging and remanding as many offenders as possible.
As a result of the operation, 41 drugs lines have been disrupted with 28 completely closed down, with warrants executed at various addresses uncovering more than 5,000 wraps of Class A drugs, £100,000 in cash and 47 weapons including knives, swords, machetes, firearms and ammunition.
The operation has also secured 132 arrests, 154 charges and the safeguarding of 48 children and 26 vulnerable adults. Hundreds of drugs users have also been offered support to break their cycle of addiction.
Head of Proactive Crime and Intelligence - Detective Superintendent Lee McBride, said: “I am really pleased at how successful Op Voltage has been.
“The large number of arrests, charges and successful seizures are a testament to the team’s relentless pursuit of County Lines criminals, and I hope they reassure our local communities that tackling drugs harm remains a matter of priority for Northamptonshire Police.
“I want to be clear that we will continue working hard to achieve more good results - putting more people behind bars and protecting the most vulnerable in our society.
“Finally I’d like to thank our partners at North Northamptonshire Council for their support, Change Grow Live – a charity that continue to provide support and help to drugs users in the Kettering area, and the Home Office who supported the operation through surge funding via the National County Lines Coordination Centre."