More than 50 people were arrested and £20,000, imitation firearms and knives seized in Warwickshire county lines raids.
Warrants took place in Nuneaton, Leamington, Stratford, Atherstone, Keresley and Rugby, with significant amounts of heroin, crack cocaine, cocaine and cannabis seized.
Vehicles, more than £20,000 in cash, imitation firearms and knives, and 41 phones suspected to be linked to drug dealing, were also recovered.
The Warwickshire Police action was part of the national County Lines week of action, co-ordinated by the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).
Its aim to was to disrupt county lines crime, which sees inner city drug barons send dealers into small towns, taking over the homes of vulnerable and elderly people.
Detective Inspector Chris Cook, from Warwickshire Police, said: “This targeted activity on county lines gangs demonstrates how our officers are working tirelessly to disrupt and dismantle drugs supply and protect the young and vulnerable people who are exploited by them within our communities.
“This may have been two weeks of activity but this disruption will not stop and operations such as these are very much ‘business as usual’ for us.
“With 50 arrests made, various warrants served and cars stopped we have significantly disrupted county lines activity across the county and have safeguarded a number of vulnerable people.
“Tackling county lines drug dealing remains a priority for Warwickshire Police. We will continue to pursue and prosecute those who bring drugs into our counties, commit violence and exploit vulnerable members of our communities.”
Anyone with suspicions that a property is being used to sell drugs from, or that a young and/or vulnerable individual may be getting involved with county lines drug dealing, should contact their local police station or to ring 101.
Details can also be passed on via the independent charity Crimestoppers, which is free to call from a landline and confidential, on 0800 555 111.
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