Biggest drugs raids in police force's history

Drugs officers have carried out Wiltshire Police's biggest set of raids in the force's history.

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19 arrests made in Swindon drug raids

19 people have so far been arrested by Wiltshire Police in a series of drugs raids in Swindon.

The raids, carried out under the force's Operation Harness, are taking place across the day in both Wiltshire and London.

In the last hour the following figures have been released:

  • 19 arrests made so far in Wiltshire
  • 38 addresses in Wiltshire raided
  • 6 arrests made so far in London
  • 15 addresses in London raided

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Drugs raids in Swindon following undercover work

Drugs officers have carried out Wiltshire Police's biggest set of raids in the force's history.

They planned to execute warrants at 60 addresses in Swindon and at more homes in London.

It follows months of undercover work for Operation Harness aiming to tackle the supply of class A drugs in the town.

More than 400 officers were involved in the raids, looking to seize heroin and crack cocaine.

The former air base RAF Lyneham was used as a temporary headquarters for the raids in Swindon. Many of the raids were in the Manchester Road area of the town.

Police sources told ITV News West Country that Swindon doesn't have a particularly big problem, considering the size of its population (200,000 people). But the force's intelligence showed there were networks of people selling heroin and crack cocaine in the town

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Hundreds of officers carry out drugs raid in Swindon

Drugs officers have carried out Wiltshire Police's biggest set of raids in the force's history.

They planned to execute warrants at 60 addressed in Swindon.

The operation follows a major crack down on Class A drugs in the town, with months of undercover work being done.

More than 400 officers were involved in the raids, with the main aim to try and seize heroine and crack cocaine.

The former air base was used as a temporary headquarters for the raids.

Officers gather at hangar RAF Lyneham for the drugs raid breifing Credit: ITV News
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