Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Three men charged in Hampshire drugs crackdown

Hampshire police searching Netley Common forest
Officers involved in the search reassured local residents there was no threat to their safety

Three men have been charged as part of a drugs crackdown in Hampshire.

It comes after police cordoned off Dumbleton Copse on Netley Common, near Thornhill, Southampton, for "drugs evidence searches".

Two men, aged 20 and 22, from Southampton, and a 31-year-old man from Portsmouth have been charged with conspiracy to supply drugs.

Four other suspects arrested as part of the investigation have been bailed until September.

All seven arrests were made as part of Operation Fortress, launched by the force in 2012 to reduce the harm caused by illegal drugs and substance misuse.

Four warrants were executed at addresses in Thornhill, Botley and Portsmouth on Friday.

The three charged men, who are due at Portsmouth Magistrates Court later, also face separate charges for conspiracy to supply heroin.

The 31-year-old is also charged with money laundering.

The other arrested suspects are two 50-year-old women from Southampton, a 22-year-old woman from Portsmouth and a 17-year-old boy from Southampton.

Police said the search at Dumbleton Copse had now finished.

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