Police have today arrested seven men from Accrington and West Yorkshire following a investigation into conspiracy to supply class A drugs and Possession of a prohibited firearm and ammunition.
Police have confirmed a 29-year-old from Accrington has been arrested on suspicion of Conspiracy to supply class A drugs and possession of a firearm.
A 32 year old man from in Accrington on suspicion of possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply.
A 37 year old man has also been produced from HMP Forest Bank on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
Police executed warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act at addresses in Portland Street, Willows Lane and Persia Street in Accrington.
All four men are in police custody and are being interviewed in relation to the offences.
The arrests come as part of an investigation into the supply of drugs in the Accrington area, in conjunction with West Yorkshire Police, who have also arrested a further four men on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
Detective Inspector Mark Winstanley said: “We are determined to continue the fight against drug dealers in the Accrington area and this morning’s raids are part of our on-going commitment to tackling that.
“Local residents have raised concerns about drug dealing in Accrington and we have listened to those concerns and are continuing to take action against those believed to be responsible.
“The activities of drug dealers can have a dramatic effect on our communities. They can ruin lives, fuel other crime, and can instil fear in our neighbourhoods so we are taking a tough approach.
“We need the public to continue to work with us to help us tackle drug crime by informing us of any suspicious activity.”
Officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) have been conducting patrols in the areas to reassure local residents.
Anyone with information about suspicious activity in their community should contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.