The large-scale operation dubbed ‘Project Medusa’ and carried out in collaboration with Merseyside Police led to the seizure of vast quantities of class A and B drugs, vehicles, and dangerous weapons. A total of 32 individuals were arrested, and over 100 officers participated in the joint effort. The operation in York and Selby aimed to disrupt drug dealing activities and protect vulnerable individuals.
The enforcement teams in both police forces utilized a variety of resources, including intelligence teams, proactive disruption, police dogs, drones, and road policing officers. Additionally, increased plainclothes and uniformed patrols intercepted drug deals, while a specialist strike team used automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology to target vehicles associated with drug-related activities. Furthermore, the York Rescue Boat provided river safety patrols on the River Ouse to support the operation.
During the operation, law enforcement officers in York identified a man and a woman linked to drug supply activities and seized a quantity of suspected class-A drugs. Subsequent arrests were made, with a 37-year-old woman taken into custody for possession with intent to supply a class-A drug, and a 43-year-old man arrested on suspicion of various drug-related offenses and possession of a weapon and theft.
Detective Chief Inspector Carol Kirk of North Yorkshire Police emphasized the significance of Project Medusa in protecting communities and vulnerable individuals. Inspector Stephen Morris from Merseyside Police underscored the impact of joint operations in combatting county lines drug dealing and warned offenders of the zero-tolerance approach to organized crime.
Young individuals concerned about county lines involvement were encouraged to reach out to trusted adults, visit fearless.org to report crimes anonymously, or contact Childline for support.