Wiltshire Police executed a number of warrants at addresses across the county on Wednesday 27th November as part of Operation Harness.
The day of action supported Operation Atlantic which is a dedicated police operation targeting the supply of crack and heroin by dangerous drugs networks operating in Swindon and Wiltshire
A total of 17 addresses were searched at residential addresses in Swindon, Chippenham and Melksham. As a result
• 15 people arrested for drug supply offences. The majority for being concerned in the supply of crack and heroin. All suspects remain in police custody at this time;
• Quantities of crack, heroin and cannabis recovered;
• A replica firearm and offensive weapons recovered.
Detective Chief Inspector Craig Holden, who leads Wiltshire Police’s fight against problematic drugs supply said: “Today’s operation has been highly successful in terms of disrupting the supply of crack and heroin in our county and sending a warning signal to any individuals or groups of people involved in this trade.
“We have acted today on intelligence supplied by our local communities. It is this important information that enables us to provide such a sustained and robust enforcement response to those that distribute crack and heroin. The value of this community-led intelligence can never be underestimated.
“We continue to work closely with partners in the local authority and the charitable sector to bring about a long term reduction in the demand for and the supply of drugs.
"There is a particular focus on those members of our communities who are vulnerable and often exploited by drugs networks and gangs.
“I would urge anyone with information to contact Wiltshire Police immediately on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.”
For more information on Operation Harness, log onto http://www.wiltshire.police.uk/index.php/campaignsand-events/4773-operation-harness or follow #OpHarness on Twitter.