AN OPERATION to target individuals across Warwick District concerned in the supply of drugs and county lines dealing saw a number of arrests made.
Operation Switch targeted those supplying drugs and looking out for those who have been exploited by such activity.
During the first month of the operation eight people were arrested for offences ranging from intent to supply, possession of drugs and possession of a taser. More than 40 people individuals were stopped and searched, which resulted in some of them being arrested.
Warwickshire Police spokesman Wayne Boulton said: “We’re really pleased with the results so far, but Operation Switch will continue and we will relentlessly pursue those who bring illegal drugs into our communities.
“The misery drugs can cause is well known not just to those who take them but to those in the local community as well. County lines drug dealers prey on vulnerable members of our community addicted to illicit drugs. They show no regard for these very vulnerable individuals or to the misery and devastation these drugs can cause. They are motivated solely by greed.
“Our priority is to make our communities even safer and we will do all we can to target those involved in the supply of drugs and county lines. We will proactively target people we believe to be involved in drugs and use the powers we have to make sure their activity is disrupted.
“However, enforcement alone cannot tackle the issue and it is important we work together with our partners and local communities to raise awareness and educate people around they can do if they suspect someone is involved.”
Anyone with information about drug dealing in Leamington is urged to contact Warwickshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.