POLICE have lifted the lid on drug dealing in a leafy rural town.
During a summer blitz on drugs in Garstang, officers arrested 16 people and charged three in connection with narcotics offences.
Operation Nullify, led by the local neighbourhood police team, saw a number of drugs raids and stop checks on vehicles carried out across the town since May.
Sgt Danielle Freaney, neighbourhood police sergeant for Garstang and Over Wyre, told The Gazette: “The use of illegal drugs causes problems throughout the local community.
“Operations targeting the illicit supply of drugs will continue and I would like to take this opportunity to thank any members of the public who have assisted us.
“It’s clear the local community are not willing to tolerate drugs in their area and we will continue to do our utmost to deter drug dealing in our neighbourhoods.”
Then May 4, suspected cocaine was found in a vehicle stopped on the A6, Bilsborrow.
Two raids were carried out on a flat on Croston Road, Garstang, on June 4 and July 28 where police seized a quantity of suspected mephedrone and cannabis.
A 19-year-old woman from Catterall was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class B controlled drugs and bailed while a 23-year-old man was issued with a warning for possession of cannabis. A 21-year-old man was charged with possessing cannabis, has appeared in court and been issued with a fine.
On June 27, a drugs warrant was executed at a property in Moss Lane, Garstang, and five ounces of cannabis bush were recovered.
A raid at a property in Hazelhurst Drive, Garstang, on June 29 resulted in 23 wraps of cannabis bush being seized.
On July 1, a stop check was carried out on a vehicle on the High Street, Garstang. A quantity of cannabis bush was found.
The drug was also seized in Fleetwood following a raid at Robertson Court on July 14.
A 51-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing the drug with intent to supply to the Garstang area and was bailed.
Just six days later, cannabis plants with a street value of £150, along with a quantity of amphetamine, knuckle dusters and cash were seized from a property in Croston Road, Garstang.
On August 4, raids were carried out at Willow Close, Forton, and six ounces of cannabis, worth an estimated £600, were seized.
A stop check was also done on August 12 on a vehicle on the A6 at Bilsborrow where a bag of discarded cocaine was found in the hedgerow.