ANY would-be drug runners should think twice before entering into the murky trade, one Swindon police officer said.

Former CID detective Matt Salmon now helps run the community policing team responsible for bringing Buzasi to heel.

Asked for his advice to anyone tempted by what at first blush can appear to be the glamorous world of County Lines, Det Sgt Salmon said: “Take an extra few minutes to think about what you’re getting yourself into.”

He added: “You are entering into a war – not only with the police but other gangs.

“The risk comes from within your own little group. Other gangs are after your product. There’s the threat of law enforcement.

“You are entering into a no-win situation.

“If the police don’t get you people on your own side – from other gangs – will get you.”

Despite being at the bottom of the chain, County Lines runners can expect a lengthy prison sentence if they are caught.

The sentencing guidelines issued to courts suggest punishments of up to 16 years imprisonment for possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

Earlier this month, police made more than 60 arrests as part of a week-long blitz against drug dealing in Wiltshire and Swindon.

Det Insp Paul Franklin said: “Our message to any drug gang in Swindon and Wiltshire is that we are not a soft touch and you are not welcome here. If we find you we will arrest you.”