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Man held in Southampton's Operation Fortress drugs crime raids charged with possessing Taser stun gun
Wesley Walters was one of 22 people arrested as more than 250 police officers swooped on addresses across the city on Thursday as part of Operation Fortress.
The 25-year-old and Junior Antwi both appeared at Southampton Mag i s t r a t e s Court on S a t u r d a y , accused of alleged crimes involving the supply of class A drugs.
As previously reported by the Daily Echo, the coordinated strike on 17 houses across Southampton by police was just the latest chapter in O p e r a t i o n F o r t r e s s , H a m p s h i r e Constabulary’s concerted push to rid the city of drug dealers and drug-related crime.
Thursday’s raids were the culmination of nine months of painstaking intelligence gathering by the force, which was launched last year in response to escalating drug crime.
Walters, from Rampart Road, appeared in court on Saturday.
He is accused of supplying diamorphine, a class A drug, to undercover police officers on March 20 and March 21 this year.
He has also been charged with one count of possession of the stun gun, which is a prohibited weapon.
The court was told police officers had discovered the weapon at his house on Thursday, and at first believed it to be a mobile phone.
Although Walters did not give a plea at the hearing, he did indicate that he had “no knowledge” of the gun.
Also appearing at court on Saturday was 21-year-old Mr Antwi, who had previously lived at a house in Orchard Lane, Southampton but is from London and gave the court an address of Bolton Crescent in London.
He is charged with two counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs, namely crack cocaine and diamorphine, between April 1 and June 1.
Both were remanded in custody by magistrates, and will next appear at Southampton Crown Court on October 15.