Massive drugs swoop

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DRUGS including heroin and crack cocaine have been seized in a massive police operation.

Arrests were made yesterday as part of an extensive operation to tackle organised crime in Rugby.

During the last three months officers from Warwickshire Police’s Offender Management Team, working together with other members of the organisation, have carried out an initiative focused on cutting the supply of Class A and Class B controlled drugs and bringing to justice those individuals responsible for this.

During the operation to date officers have recovered quantities of Class A and B drugs believed to be heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, amphetamines, ecstasy and cannabis.

Also recovered have been a sawn off shotgun and ammunition as well as an assortment of weapons including machetes, knives and Samurai swords.

Following the arrests the below have been charged: Luigi Licursi, 40, of Elmore Road, Rugby, was charged with conspiracy to supply heroin, and he will be appearing before Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, December 16, 2010.

Anton Di Marino, 26, of Lawford Lane, Rugby, was charged with conspiracy to supply heroin, and possession of a firearm. He will appear at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, December 16, 2010.

Also during the operation:

A 37-year-old man from Rugby was arrested at a property in Saunton Road, Rugby, for possession with intent to supply Class A controlled drugs.

A 33-year-old woman from Rugby was arrested at a property in Saunton Road, Rugby, for possession with intent to supply Class A controlled drugs.

A 61-year-old man from Rugby was arrested at a property in Hudson Road, Rugby, for possession with intent to supply Amphetamines.

A 39-year-old woman from Rugby was arrested at a property in Elmore Road for conspiracy to supply Class A controlled drugs.

A 22-year-old woman from Rugby was arrested at a property in Hudson Road, Rugby, for conspiracy to supply Class A and B controlled drugs.

A 46-year-old man from Rugby was arrested at a property in Lea Crescent, Rugby, for conspiracy to supply Class A controlled drugs.

A 24-year-old woman from Rugby was arrested at a property in Lawford Lane, Rugby, for conspiracy to supply Class A controlled drugs.

All have been bailed pending further enquiries.

Also as part of the same operation: John Logue, 33, of Hudson Road, Rugby, was charged with possession with intent to supply amphetamines. He is currently remanded in custody after he was arrested from his home address on November 18, 2010.

Liam Smith, 28, of New Street, Rugby, was charged with possession with intent to supply heroin and he is currently remanded in custody after being arrested on the M6 motorway on the October 4, 2010.

Kevin Richard Rodgers, 37, of Nares Close, Rugby, was charged with possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and possession with intent to supply Heroin after he was arrested on October 29, 2010.

Brian Lee, 27, of no fixed abode, was charged with possession with intent to supply crack cocaine after being arrested at an address in Nares Close, Rugby, on October 29, 2010.

Assistant Chief Constable Neil Brunton stated that he is delighted with the success of the operation.

He said: “These are some excellent results following some really hard work by members of our dedicated workforce. We are committed to protecting people from harm and ensuring that we do everything in our power to cut organised crime and the supply of drugs into our communities.

“Warwickshire Police will do all within its power to protect communities from harm and this operation demonstrates how we have limited the ability for organised crime groups to operate within Rugby and harm local communities.

“In order to defeat organised crime we must seize every opportunity to tackle it. Organised crime takes place in local communities and causes harm to local communities. We are using every tool at our disposal to bring maximum disruption to the lives of those who harm local people.

“This operation has been a massive success, however we will not rest on our laurels and we will continue to use all tactics available to dismantle organised crime groups that are identified as causing the most significant harm to our communities in Warwickshire.”