Operation Viper is the Northamptonshire Police’s operation to crack down on those involved in drug and gang related crime. It tackles the supply of Class A drugs in Northamptonshire, focusing on organised crime groups, gangs, local drug lines, and County Lines.
The use of intelligence-led tactics has recently led to the execution of over 70 warrants in Northamptonshire, Wolverhampton, Birmingham and London.
105 individuals, aged between 15 and 55, have been arrested, 87 of whom have been charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, with 62 then remanded in custody. Of the 105 arrested, 72 were from Northamptonshire, 25 were from London and eight were from the West Midlands. Police officers have also recovered nearly £250,000 worth of goods including £25,000 worth of Class A drugs, designer goods worth in excess of £150,000, over £20,000 in cash and a Mercedes CLA Sport worth over £35,000.
This has effectively dismantled a number of Organised Crime Groups.
Police and partners are working together to capitalise on this success through a range of prevention, enforcement and diversionary activities.
We are asking people to be alert to the grooming and exploitation of young and vulnerable people who may be drawn into gang activity, to be vigilant regarding drug dealing, money lending and emerging criminal trends – particularly in and around the town centre, and on the North Eastern district of Northampton.
Anyone can make reports anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/