WILTSHIRE Police began to add up the benefits of Operation Harness on Wednesday, as numbers for arrests and seizures began to filter through yesterday.

In addition to the results reported in yesterday’s Adver  the police seized approximately £50,000 worth of illegal tobacco seized from an address in Melksham late on Wednesday night.

A large amount of class A drugs, £11,500 in cash, £65,000 illegal tobacco, over £5,000 in designer clothing/accessories, a samurai sword, a machete and electrical goods were all seized on Wednesday afternoon. Operational commander and dangerous drugs network lead for Wiltshire Police, Detective Chief Inspector Craig Holden, said: “This activity is just one of a number of tactics we use to disrupt and dismantle dangerous drugs networks across our county.

“As a result of this day of action alone, we anticipate that we have significantly disrupted or completely dismantled more than 15 of these networks operating in Swindon.

“Wiltshire Police has a dedicated team to specifically tackle these networks and we will relentlessly pursue those who are responsible for supplying drugs in our communities.

“We rely on local intelligence and I would urge anyone who has information or suspects that drugs are being sold or used in their neighbourhood to contact Wiltshire Police immediately.”

Operation Harness is a long-term collaborative project involving all police officers and staff over a number of organised days of action throughout the year.

Anyone wishing to report suspected drug use or dealing in their area should contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.