LARGE-scale police raids saw half a kilogram of cocaine seized which might otherwise have made it on to the streets of Grantham.
Carefully planned synchronised raids were carried out within 24 hours at four addresses across Grantham and the outskirts of the town, leading to the arrest of 12 suspected drug dealers.
Detectives moved in on Thursday following an intensive investigation and made the arrests on suspicion of the supply of Class A drugs and money laundering.
Thirty-nine officers from Lincolnshire Police were involved in the raids.
Detective inspector Keith Blakey said: “Although we can’t go into much detail on this case as proceedings are active, we hope this action demonstrates that a huge amount of work goes on behind the scenes in terms of tackling the supply of Class A drugs in and around Grantham.”
All of the suspects, who are all men and range in age from 18 to 47, have been released on police bail pending further enquiries until a date in June.
DI Blakey is urging people to report suspected drug dealing to police.
He said: “We would urge anyone who believes that drug dealing is taking place near their homes to get in touch as soon as possible.
“You shouldn’t expect immediate action as often information needs to be processed and developed to build up a picture of the siutation. It will be acted on eventually.”
If you suspect a neighbour or someone in your neighbourhood is inolved in dealing drugs, call Lincolnshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.