FOUR dealers were convicted of conspiracy to supply class A controlled drugs after police found them in a Worcester home with crack cocaine and heroin.

Elaine Pritchard, aged 45 of Princes Drive, Worcester and Nicholas Grainger, aged 40 of Park Street, Worcester were convicted along with Ben Kelly, aged 18, of Scotland Road, Liverpool and Neil Hyatt, aged 29, of Prescott Road, Liverpool on June 3.

The four were arrested following officers witnessing drug activity in Worcester and entering an address where all four were present with the drugs.

Reports had been received of increased drug dealing activity in the Diglis area of Worcester along with increased anti-social behaviour linked to drug supply.

Officers from the South Worcester Proactive CID Team went to the area and, after witnessing drug dealing activity, went to Pritchard's home address.

All four defendants were present at the address and more than £2,500 in cash was recovered along with a large amount of Class A drugs.

All four pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs (crack cocaine and heroin).

The offenders were investigated under Operation AGILE, and the investigation was centred around a 'County Line' - a line supplying drugs into South Worcester from the Merseyside area.

All will next appear at Worcester Crown court on June 21 for sentencing.

A spokesman from South Worcester Proactive CID Team said: “This is another example of a successful police operation responding to information from the local community.

"We will continue to take positive action against those involved in drug supply offences.”

Anyone with information in relation to County Lines can report via 101 or crime stoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.