Surrey Police

​Plain clothes officers on cross border drugs operation disrupt county drug lines

News   •   Jun 27, 2019 14:23 BST

A man has been jailed for three years and nine months for dealing crack cocaine following a cross-border drugs operation earlier this year.

Teniko Thomas, 28, of Hamlet Street, Bracknell, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply a Class A drug (crack cocaine) and obstructing and resisting a constable in the execution of duty, at a pre-trial plea hearing last Thursday (20 June). He was sentenced on the same day.

During the operation, which took place on Wednesday, 15 May and included colleagues from Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police, officers stopped a vehicle in Kings Ride in Camberley, after witnessing known local drug users approaching the car shortly before.

During a search under Section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act, Thomas, who was a passenger in the car, became aggressive and attempted to bite officers while being restrained. Officers’ suspicions were raised that Thomas had attempted to conceal items upon his person, and he was taken to hospital before attending custody.

59 wraps were recovered after Thomas was searched in custody. The wraps later tested positive for crack cocaine.

Digital examinations of mobile phones located within the vehicle revealed text messages discussing locations to meet up to exchange drugs, including one address two minutes from where Thomas was arrested.

Surrey Heath Borough Commander, Bob Darkens, said: “Drugs are a blight on our local communities and we are doing everything we can to disrupt the supply of drugs on our streets. We hope that the sentence given to Thomas deters other drug dealers from coming to Surrey.

“Information from members of the public can be really valuable in tackling drug dealing in our county. If you suspect someone is dealing drugs, or involved in the supply of drugs, we want to hear from you.”

If you are concerned about drug use or drug dealing in your area, contact us on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, always dial 999.

What are the signs of potential drug dealing?

- Lots of visitors, who don’t stay very long, arriving at all times of the day and night

- People waiting in cars outside particular properties exchanging small packets or cash

- Lots of visitors bringing items such as TV's or bikes but leaving empty handed

- Lone/vulnerable neighbours suddenly having groups of young men living at their address.

What we want to know:

- Time, date and place

- Vehicle registrations and the make, model and colour

- Descriptions of people and details of what they were doing

- Direction they travelling to and from

- How many times you have seen them – is it always at the same time of day?

Don’t put yourself at risk while gathering this information. Please always pass the information to the police and do not confront or approach suspected drug dealers.