Officers from Thames Valley Police carried out a number of warrants to crack down on “county lines” drugs this morning.
This morning officers from Thames Valley Police carried out a number of warrants to crack down on “county lines” drugs in Banbury.
More than 100 officers carried out searches at a number of addresses including one in Milton Keynes.
Eight properties in Banbury, and one in Bedford were also searched.
Officers arrested 16 people on offences such as being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin, or supply of heroin and cocaine.
During this ongoing operation officers have so far found and seized £10,000 in cash, around 700 wraps of class A drugs, one stun gun, several stolen items and several knives.
They have also safeguarded a number of vulnerable adults and children.
LPA Commander superintendent Mark Johns, said: “Gangs are coming into Banbury and forcing young and vulnerable people into a life of crime dealing drugs, through fear.
“This operation which is part of our Stronghold campaign, has seen our officers making a number of arrests to stop those who are seeking to deal drugs across so called “County Lines”.
“We are committed to tackling drug dealing within Banbury and the Thames Valley, but we need the public’s help, we would ask them to keep reporting those who are dealing drugs.
“This assists us to build up a picture of offending in the area and take action to bring those who seek to do so to justice.
“If you have information that could assist us please call Thames Valley Police on 101.”