Six people arrested after suspected Class A drugs 'worth £10,000' seized in Blackpool raids

Suspected Class A drugs "worth £10,000", £15,000 in cash and £1,000 in suspected counterfeit banknotes were seized in raids across the resort.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 5:47 pm

Officers raided four properties as part of Operation Heathway - a major investigation into the distribution of cocaine across the Fylde coast.

Suspected Class A drugs with an estimated street value of £10,000, Class B drugs, £15,000 in cash and £1,000 in suspected counterfeit banknotes were found.

A car and a gaming PC were also seized by police under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

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Officers raided four properties in Blackpool as part of Operation Heathway. (Credit: Lancashire Police)
Officers raided four properties in Blackpool as part of Operation Heathway. (Credit: Lancashire Police)

Three men - aged 51, 29 and 27 - as well as three women - aged, 39, 30 and 26 - all from Blackpool, were arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug today (March 17).

They are currently in custody.

Det Sgt Chris Sanderson, of Blackpool Police, said: “These raids are part of our on-going commitment to taking drugs off our streets.

“Drug dealers can ruin lives, fuel other crime, such as burglary and robbery, and can instil fear in our neighbourhoods and we are determined to tackle that.”

Six people were arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug. (Credit: Lancashire Police)

Operation Heathway was launched in May 2020 after police received information related to suspected drug-dealing in the resort.

In November detectives arrested nine people in connection with the investigation, with those individuals later released under investigation pending further enquiries.

"We hope by doing this activity it will disrupt and deal with those involved in the activity," Det Sgt Sanderson added.

"It is vital the Blackpool community come forward and tell us about drug dealing in their area.

"Local people are a vital source of intelligence and they need to help us to keep them safe by telling us what they know and turning rumour into hard evidence. It is important people know they can trust us when they have something to tell us."

Body-worn camera footage released by the force shows the moment officers clad in riot gear forced open the back door of the building with a battering ram.

Police confirmed a "number of items" were found once officers were inside and two people were arrested for possession with intent to supply.

Any information can be passed to police via 101 or anonymously by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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