A MASSIVE police operation has taken place in Burton today (16) involving more than 250 people.
Staffordshire Police arrested 16 people in the town on suspicion of supplying Class A and Class B drugs following several dawn raids.
They were detained as part of the force’s ongoing Operation Nemesis crackdown on major drug dealers.
The raids followed months of detailed investigation and planning by specialist investigation teams from Staffordshire Police. T
he suspects, 15 men aged between 19 and 52 and a 30-year-old woman, were arrested during the raids. They were detained on suspicion of supplying drugs including heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and cannabis and taken to custody for interview.
Searches of the numerous properties targeted are now being carried out by scenes of crimes officers and specialist search dogs. Neighbourhood police officers and PCSOs have been deployed in the areas where the raids happened to reassure residents.
Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, Local Policing Team Commander for East Staffordshire, said: “Operation Nemesis is Staffordshire Police’s commitment to tackling major drug dealers and bringing them to justice. Drugs misuse will not be tolerated in Staffordshire.
“With a number of suspected drug dealers arrested we’re disrupting the drugs supply and working with our partners to provide support to drug users.”