EIGHT people were arrested during a series of dawn raids across Burton as part of Staffordshire Police’s continued effort to bring drug crime to its knees in the town.
Officers swooped on several properties across the town, arresting suspects aged 23 to 45 on suspicion of supplying Class A or Class B drugs.
A total of 163 officers and police staff took part in the raids, which formed part of Operation Nemesis – the force’s ongoing drive to tackle drug dealers and bring them to justice.
The latest arrests came on the back of similar operations in January and February which saw 31 suspected dealers appeared at Burton Magistrates’ Court and 22 remanded in custody.
Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, local policing team commander for East Staffordshire, said: “We made a clear commitment to our communities that we will continue to rid the streets of major drug dealers.
“This is the third large-scale operation so far this year but our fight against these criminals is ongoing.
“The information we have received from the public has been imperative to the success of these operations. We have acted on this information and drug dealers have been taken off the streets.
“Not only have we disrupted supply of drugs in Burton by arresting suspected drug dealers we continue to run operations to stop other drug dealers moving into the area to fill the gap.
“This has seen us carry out 15 drug warrants on top of the two major operations in January and February.
“We will continue to take a tough stance on criminals involved in drugs and related antisocial behaviour.
“Our communities need and should feel safe and we will do our utmost to protect you and your families.”
Previously, the Mail revealed that as a result of the first two drug operations crime had fallen in Burton by an astonishing 72 per cent.
Addresses targeted yesterday included Redwood Drive, in Brizlincote Valley, Shobnall Street, Derby Street, Queens Street, Lonsdale Road, Masefield Crescent, Goodman Street and one in the Angelsey Road area.
In South Derbyshire, Chapel Street, in Church Gresley, and Field Avenue, in Hatton, were targeted.
Two of the properties raided have featured in the pages of the Mail before.
The address in Goodman Street was targeted in a grenade attack in March 2011.
The property in Derby Street was peppered with bullets during a drive-by shooting in June 2010.
The suspects included seven males, aged between 23 to 45 and one woman aged 43.
Searches of the properties uncovered a haul of Class A drugs and at one address £8,000 in cash.
After the raids had been completed, the areas affected were flooded with neighbourhood officers and PCSOs to reassure the community and explain what had happened.
Anyone with information about drug dealing should call police on 101 or via Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 111555.