A MAN has been charged with a number of drugs offences in connection with a suspected county lines incident.

Olaleye Oduola, 19, has been charged following the alleged offences in Portsmouth and Southampton.

Oduola, of Iris Crescent, Bexleyheath, Kent, has been charged with:

  • Possess with intent to supply controlled drug of class A – Heroin
  • Possess a controlled drug of class B – cannabis / cannabis resin
  • Possess with intent to supply a controlled drug of class A – crack cocaine
  • Concerned in supply of heroin
  • Concerned in supply of crack cocaine
  • Assault on an emergency worker

Chief Superintendent Nigel Lecointe, said: “This was great policing by officers from Portsmouth’s Neighbourhood High Harm Team supporting our Op Monument investigation into the supply of drugs in our communities. 

“Tackling county lines and its consequences are a national law enforcement priority.

"The National Crime Agency, Hampshire Constabulary and other police forces, alongside other partners are working extensively to identify and target the most serious perpetrators.

“By taking out those at the centre of the lines, we not only disrupt the criminal network, but we prevent a whole host of other crimes from taking place.

“If you are concerned about drug dealing in your neighbourhoods, don’t suffer in silence, you can report to police on 101, or given information anonymously through the independent charity, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Oduola was due to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates Court today.