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Officers from across the county raid houses in Fleetwood this morning

7 people have been arrested on suspicion of committing various drug related offences.

Officers from across Lancashire Constabulary conducted the searches as part of Operation Bellis, a major campaign to disrupt drug-dealing activity by organised crime groups in the town

Warrants were executed under the Misuse of Drugs Act at six addresses in Fleetwood and a further address in Stalmine with a quantity of what is believed to be Class A and Class B drugs, cash, imitation firearms and a crossbow seized.

Det Ch Insp Eric Halford, of Blackpool Police, said: “This morning’s raids are part of our on-going commitment to taking drugs off our streets.

“The activities of drug dealers can have a dramatic effect on our communities. It can ruin lives, fuel other crime, such as burglary and robbery, and can instil fear in our neighbourhoods and we are determined to tackle that.

“Residents have raised concerns about drug-dealing in Fleetwood and we have listened to those concerns and taken action against those believed to be responsible.

“We need the public to continue to work with us to help us tackle drug crime by informing us of any suspicious activity.”

Those arrested include:

  • A 24-year-old man from Fleetwood arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, burglary and conspiracy to commit arson with intent to endanger life.
  • A 22-year-old man from Fleetwood arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
  • A 26-year-old man from Fleetwood arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
  • A 27-year-old man from Stalmine arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to commit arson with intent to endanger life.
  • A 26-year-old man from Fleetwood arrested on suspicion conspiracy to commit arson with intent to endanger life and burglary.
  • A 52-year-old man from Fleetwood arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
  • A 27-year-old man from Fleetwood arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

 

Det Ch Insp Halford added: “We hope by doing this activity, not only will we disrupt and deal with those involved in the activity, we can warn and educate young people about the consequences of becoming involved

“It’s also really key that as part of this work, communities feel stronger and more empowered to do what they can to prevent serious organised crime from becoming the community norm.

“Local people are a vital source of intelligence and they need to help us to keep them safe by telling us what they know and turning rumour into hard evidence. New technology and legislation can help us protect people to come forward who otherwise would have been too frightened to so it’s important that people know they can trust us when they have something to tell us.”

Any information can be passed to police via 101 or anonymously by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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