SEVERAL raids were carried out this morning as police continue to crack down on the misuse of drugs in East Lancashire.

Officers from Lancashire Police forced entry to a number of addresses across the county today - with £10,000 worth of Class A drugs found inside one property in Nelson. 

Police also forced entry into a property on Blackburn Road, Haslingden, where it was believed Class A drugs were being stored and dealt from, with information gathered through Operation Vanquish.

No drugs were recovered from that particular premises and no arrests were made.

Lancashire Telegraph: DRUGS: PD Pirate was brought in as part of the search for drugs inside a Haslingden propertyDRUGS: PD Pirate was brought in as part of the search for drugs inside a Haslingden property  A picture from Friday's raids

Sergeant Victoria Bramley said: "This morning we have executed a drugs warrant under the misuse of drugs act at an address in Haslingden. 

"This was part of an operation we've been running all week called Operation Vanquish, which is a week of action where as a force we tackle what's really important to our communities.

Lancashire Telegraph: Sergeant Victoria BramleySergeant Victoria Bramley

Sergeant Victoria Bramley

"This week the focus has been on drugs, executing a number of warrants at various locations across Lancashire which has been really good. 

"It's a chance for us to really disrupt organised crime at its root and not only that, but to pick up on any safeguarding issues like child expoitation and such like.

"A lot of our organised crime groups use extreme violence, so we've been seizing weapons throughout the week. It's been a really, really positive week for us and it shows our communities that we are tackling what's important to them.

"While this weeks focus has been drugs, it could be anything in relation to burglary to anti-social behaviour."