Police Charge 14 People After Drug Raids

Detectives in the New Forest have charged eight men and six women with drugs supply offences and money laundering following early morning raids across New Milton and other parts of the New Forest, on Tuesday, June 29.


The following are due to appear at Southampton Magistrates Court this morning, Wednesday, June 30:
 
Ashley Brown, 27, Buckingham Walk, New Milton – three charges of supplying a controlled drug.
 
Thomas Georgeson, 55, Danesbury Meadows, New Milton - six charges of supplying a controlled drug.
 
Mark Gonnella, 29, Lymington Road, New Milton - four charges of supplying a controlled drug and one of possession with intent to supply.
 
Jody James, 29, Ashlett Gardens, New Milton - three charges of supplying a controlled drug, and theft from vehicle.
 
Luke Olding, 29, Lymington Road, New Milton - two charges of being concerned in offer to supplying a Class A drug.
 
Jason Pollitt, 29, Whitefield Road, New Milton – nine charges of supplying a controlled drug and seven charges of being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug.
 
Paul Smedley, 30, Blackthorn Way, New Milton – six charges of supplying a Class A drug, four charges of being concerned in offering a Class A drug.
 
Jenna Tooze, 25, Blackthorn Way, New Milton - three charges of supplying a controlled drug.
 
While the following six people have been charged and bailed to New Forest Magistrates Court on Friday, July 16:
 
Laura Crowhurst, 37, Blackthorn Way, New Milton – two charges of supplying a controlled drug.
 
Scott Adair, 38, Whitefield Road, New Milton – four charges of supplying a controlled drug.
 
Georgina Evans, 42, Hedley Close, Fawley – supplying a controlled drug and concerned in the supply of a controlled drug.
 
Gemma Welsh, 21, Whitefield Road, New Milton – 4 charges of supplying a Class A drug and one charge of being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug.
 
Laura Pilley, 21, Lymington Road, New Milton – one charge of being in possession of a Class A drug.
 
Robert Wilkinson, 40, Beaulieu Close, New Milton – two charges of being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug.
 
A 27 year old man from Burley was arrested on suspicion of cultivating a cannabis plant and police bailed until July 27, pending further enquiries
 
A 30 year old man from New Milton was arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug and money laundering and police bailed until July 27 pending further enquiries
 
A 26 year old New Milton man remains in police custody and is assisting detectives with their enquiries.
 
The warrants were executed as part of Operation Mercury, a joint initiative between the police and the Safer New Forest partnership.  Operation Mercury forms part of ongoing work to target dealers to disrupt the supply of heroin and crack cocaine and divert drug users away from their drugs dependency and into relevant treatment services.
 
If anyone has information about the supply or use of illegal substances in the New Forest, they should contact the Drugs Intelligence Officer at Lyndhurst police station on 101 or the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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