Nine people have been arrested for suspected drug offences after Cumbria Police undertook a week long operation in Barrow.
The operation was executed between February 16 and 18 and two of those arrested have already been charged with drug supply offences, it was confirmed on Friday, February 19.
On Tuesday, February 16, two men and a 16-year-old youth, all from Barrow, were arrested on drugs supply offences alleged to have been committed in the Barrow Island area – They have all been released under investigation.
On Wednesday, February 17, two women and a man, all from the Barrow area, were arrested at an address in the Hindpool area on suspicion of drug supply offences.
Elisha Porter, 28, of Keppel Street, Barrow, was charged with conspiring to supply Class A drugs and remanded in custody to appear at South Lakes Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
The other three people were released under investigation.
On Thursday, February 18, three men were arrested at Egerton Court after a warrant was executed at an address.
One of the men, Adrian Domanski, from the Liverpool area but of no fixed address, has subsequently been charged with possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply.
The 22-year-old was remanded in custody to also appear at South Lakes Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
The other two men were released under investigation.
Officers who executed the warrants and carried out the arrests seized a substantial quantity of Class A drugs, as well as phones, cash and two vehicles believed to have been used as part of the drug supply operation.
Chief Inspector Gaynor Wardle said: “This proactive operation was possible due to the intelligence provided by people in the community who were keen to see action taken against drug dealing, as well as the many hours of dedicated work put in by officers across a range of departments in South Cumbria.
“County lines drug dealing is a high priority in Cumbria and we have officers working tirelessly every day to disrupt these lines and arrest those suspected of involvement. Cumbria is no soft touch for criminality.
“I hope these arrests demonstrate to those people living locally that, where intelligence is provided to the police, we will act and will seek to bring those responsible to justice.”