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14 March 2013, 06:00
More than 80 officers have carried out 15 warrants simultaneously across north Northamptonshire as part of a long-term operation against the supply of drugs.
15 addresses in Kettering, Wellingborough, Irthlingborough and Corby were raided yesterday and eight arrests made so far.
The activity is the culmination of a long-term investigation into drugs supply and related offences in the county.
Senior investigating officer, Chief Inspector Nick Purdie told Heart: "Today has been a hugely successful day. Local people have raised their concerns about drug and criminal activity in Kettering and surrounding areas and we have worked hard to be in a position where we can make a substantial number of arrests.
We are committed to improving the way of life for local people by disrupting and preventing criminal activity on their doorsteps.
Northamptonshire Police has made significant progress in tackling drugs and other crimes in Kettering and surrounding areas and we will continue to tackle offenders robustly."
Police and Crime Commissioner, Adam Simmonds, went along to observe the operation and commented: “This operation hits at the heart of organised crime and will help make our county safer. It’s been a pleasure to observe the dedication of officers and staff who have made a significant difference today."