Police netted six suspected drug dealers - including a 13-year-old boy - in a series of early morning raids in Preston.
A seventh person, a 31-year-old woman, was also arrested on Monday for possession of heroin as teams of officers forced their way into homes around the city in a co-ordinated swoop codenamed Operation Arrow.
The raids were carried out in St Paul’s Road in Deepdale, Villers Street in Plungington and Fishwick Parade as part of a major attempt to smash organised gangs which are blighting neighbourhoods.
Police Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: “The message this sends out to the criminal fraternity is they will get caught, they will not get away with it, they are not untouchable.
“For the public the message is that when they do give information to the police it is acted upon. I would encourage any member of the public with any information to come forward.”
For more on this story, see Tuesday’s LEP.