CLASS A drugs have been seized in a series of police raids around Bognor Regis.
Sussex Police said ‘significant seizures’ of crack heroin were found in the searches, which also took place around London. A large quantity of cash was also discovered.
A total of 12 people from the town were arrested straight away on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.
They were released under investigation after they had been interviewed by detectives.
A 26-year-old man from London, arrested on suspicion of the same offence, was placed on police bail until tomorrow while enquiries continued.
In addition, a 16-year-old boy from London, who was suspected of being trafficked into West Sussex in order to deliver drugs on behalf of others, has been referred to supporting agencies.
Detective Sergeant Jason Vickers, of the West Sussex Community Investigations Team, said: “We have teams of officers and investigators whose skills are being used to disrupt organised crime.
“This complex investigation, of a type often unseen by the local public, demonstrates our ability to act locally and follow up with warrants and drug seizures in London, helping to prevent crime in West Sussex.
“This operation is part of our continuing work, alongside colleagues from other forces and law enforcement agencies, to combact drug dealers who operate from London by operating special phone lines and taking homes of vulnerable people locally, in order to use as a supply base.
“We recognise the drug dealing seen in the community increases the fear of crime and we will continue to seek to make this area a hostile place to commit serious crime.”
News of the raids to disrupt activity aimed at bringing drugs into the area was released by the police on Friday.
It was the culmination of five months of work by detectives.
Since the beginning of the year, they have been carrying out an investigation – called Operation Highwood – which is still continuing.
Five search warrants were executed at residential addresses in Bognor Regis. A further two were carried out in London.
Any information about illicit drugs activity in an area should be passed to Sussex Police on its website: sussex.police.uk/contact-us/report-online or by phoning 101.