AN OPERATION to shutdown big city drug dealers in Stratford saw three people arrested.
Police swooped in on a property in Carew Close yesterday (Wednesday) and seized drugs thought to be crack cocaine and heroin.
A 23-year-old woman from Coventry, 43-year-old man from Stratford, and 30-year-old man from Stratford were later arrested on suspicion of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.
Operation Cerberus is aimed at tackling county lines operations where highly-organised city gangs target rural areas to supply drugs and was
launched after the crime lead to a 17-year-old being shot in the leg in December.
Officers also supported Warwick District Council in reclaiming a property in Warwick, which they suspected was being used by drug dealers. The house has since been boarded up.
To date 23 people have been arrested as part of the operation and more than £30,000 worth of drugs seized.
Sgt Simon Ryan said: “Days of action like this mean we can focus our resources on targeting this serious problem and send out a clear message to drug dealers that they are not welcome in Stratford. We are committed to disrupting their activity and making the town as hostile as possible for them to operate in.
“Where there is county lines drug dealing there is often violent crime and this impacts on everyone in the town.
“Much of our activity is based on intelligence provided by members of the public. I would urge anyone who has any information about drug dealing in their area to contact us.”
Anyone with information about drug dealing can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.