28 January 2015, 12:55
Three suspected drug dens have been closed down in Luton after raids.
Bedfordshire Police were granted closure orders yesterday (Tuesday) following the arrest of three men in a series of raids on Monday.
At 4am, search warrants under s23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 were executed simultaneously at four addresses across the town.
Armed officers gained entry to the properties before they were searched.
Three men were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs at an address in Stanley Street. All three have since been bailed until 26 February.
Cash was also seized at the address.
Three other properties were also searched in Adelaide Street, Stockwood Crescent and Ashburnham Road. However no arrests were made and no drugs were found.
Each location was issued with a closure notice under s76 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.
Closure orders were granted for each address under section 80 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 at Luton Magistrates' Court yesterday (Tuesday).
The orders mean the locations will be closed for three months (until 27 April) to disrupt any drug-related activity.
Sergeant Melissa Cunningham, who led the operation, said: "These warrants were carried out after intelligence about suspected drug dealing at the addresses was received by the Luton Policing Community Team.
"We will always act on information regarding the use and supply of drugs and work hard to protect our communities from such criminal activity."
Do you have information about crime in Luton? You can contact the Police by calling in confidence, 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively you can contact the independent crime fighting charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.