POLICE raided four houses and made two arrests after acting on information from the public about drug dealing.
Operation Bessbrook saw more than 30 police officers on the streets of Hartlepool as part of a crack down on heroin dealing in the town.
Houses in Devon Street, Harrow Street, Elwick Road and Stephen Street were searched, with the force’s police dog also called into action.
A man and a woman were arrested at the property in Stephen Street on suspicion of intending to supply cannabis. They were taken to Hartlepool Police’s Avenue Road station to be questioned.
Detective Constable Stu Kelly, who led the operation that was launched at 8am yesterday, said: “The operation is about targeting street-level dealers of heroin in the Hartlepool area.
“It is an intelligence led operation as we received information from the local community.
“We want to disrupt all criminals in Hartlepool and to let people know that we will not stand for people dealing drugs in the town.”
Officers from the Community Drug Enforcement Unit gathered at the Avenue Road station at 7am yesterday to be briefed on how the operation would be carried out, how drug dealing affects Hartlepool residents and what information the police had received.
They headed out in riot vans shortly before 8am to carry out the raids across the town simultaneously.
Det Con Kelly said he was pleased with the morning of action and is now hoping more people get in touch about crime in their area after seeing that it is acted upon.
He added: “We are always after information from the public that will help us target criminals.
“We have a dedicated phone line that people can ring with confidence and we will act on the information that we receive.”
The Hartlepool Police Drug Enforcement Units 24-hour phone line can be contacted on 0800 092 9702.