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Man with links to Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich charged with drug offences as part of Metropolitan Police Operation Orochi to tackle County Lines crime




A 26-year-old man with links to Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich has been charged with drug offences as part of a police operation to tackle County Lines crime.

Fabian Joe, of Anselm Avenue, Bury, and a 17-year-old were arrested yesterday in Ilford, London, on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.

Both were then taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre, Ipswich, for questioning.

A 26-year-old man has been charged with the supply of Class A drugs.
A 26-year-old man has been charged with the supply of Class A drugs.

Mr Joe was charged with being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine between April and May this year, and with possession of a knife in a public place.

He was remanded to appear before Ipswich Magistrates Court this morning.

The 17-year-old male was released under investigation pending further inquiries.

The arrests were made as part of Operation Orochi, led by the Metropolitan Police, which has been in place in Suffolk since February 2020.

Its focus is on tackling drugs supply offences and County Lines by arresting the line controller rather than the person transporting the drugs.

Officers from the Serious Crime Disruption Team (SCDT) in Suffolk share intelligence with a team at the Met, who then investigate in order to identify the line controller and their location.

Mr Joe's charge comes as more than 1,000 people were arrested and 292 weapons seized in the UK this week as part of a crackdown on County Lines drug dealing.

If you suspect drug dealing is taking place in your area or see anything suspicious or out of place, call police on 101.

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