A COVENTRY man has been charged over a claim he trafficked two boys from Liverpool to deal for him in the city.
Irakli Balatayev was arrested during a dawn raid at his home in The Moorfield, Coventry on Friday.
He was charged with drugs supply and child exploitation as part of a joint operation involving West Midlands Police, Merseyside Police and Warwickshire Police – all working together to investigate a county line.
It is believed drugs were supplied from Coventry across the city and into Warwickshire.
Balatayev was charged with two counts of facilitating travel of another person with a view to exploitation and possessing cocaine and heroin with intent to supply.
The 19-year-old appeared in Coventry Magistrates Court on Saturday and was remanded into prison ahead of his next court appearance on March 17.
As part of the investigation officers also carried out a simultaneous raid at an address in Leamington Spa which was allegedly being used as a ‘trap house’ from which the boys were being forced deal drugs on the streets.
A man was arrested from the property and has been released under investigation while the police forces’ joint investigations progress.
The two boys, both aged 15, have been safeguarded and work is ongoing with their families to offer them support.