EIGHT people have been arrested as part of an investigation into organised crime.
Warrants were issued in Rugby, Daventry, Bishops Tachbrook and Lighthorne Heath and arrests made on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
Five were also arrested on suspicion of possessing firearms.
A 43-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman were arrested in Montgomery Drive, Rugby along with a 77-year-old man in Wortley Close, Rugby.
A 28-year-old man was arrested in Kingsley Road, Bishops Tachbrook.
A 27-year-old man was arrested in Spinney Close, Lighthorne Heath and a 40-year-old man was arrested in Leamington town centre.
A 44-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman were arrested in Hood Road, Daventry.
All eight are currently being interviewed by detectives.
Officers carrying out searches found illegal drugs and cash.
Det Insp Richard Brown said: “Today’s action shows we will continue to target those who feel they are ‘untouchable’ and are causing serious harm to our communities.
“Organised crime groups who supply illegal drugs both locally and across the country, use violence, quite often involving gun and knife crime to protect their business interests. This has a devastating impact on some of the most vulnerable in our society – often young people or vulnerable adults who are used and abused by these networks.
“I would like to reassure the communities of Warwickshire today that we will not tolerate this kind of serious criminality and will use all of the powers available to us to bring offenders to justice and keep our county safer.”
Anyone with information about organised crime is asked to call police on 101 or ring 0800 555 111 to speak to Crimestoppers anonymously.