Skelmersdale police have arrested 68 people and seized hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of drugs in the past eight weeks as part of an operation targeting people with suspected links to crime gangs.
Under Operation Nemesis, police have also executed 27 warrants across the town and carried out searches on 181 people suspected of being involved in theft, burglary and drugs.
The 68 arrests have been for various offences including possession of drugs and possession of drugs with intent to supply, robbery and serious assaults.
More than £11,000 worth of cannabis, £160,000 worth of cocaine and more than £200,000 worth of amphetamines have been seized by officers from the team.
Three vehicles which had no insurance have also been recovered and police have also seized a number of motor bikes and pit bikes which are being ridden anti-socially.
Detective Inspector Warren Atkinson said: “The officers involved in this operation are on the front foot and are determined to dismantle groups and gangs who cause serious anti-social behaviour and violence.
“These teams are supported by officers who will be actively seeking to restrict offenders’ movements through the use of civil and criminal orders such as Anti-Social Behaviour Orders and more recent legislation designed to tackle and dismantle gangs.”
Police have also been working with other agencies in order to tackle and disrupt more serious violent offenders.
West Lancashire Borough Council has evicted one resident for growing cannabis in their property and also prevented one person moving back to the area based on information shared by the police.
DI Atkinson added: “You can be assured that your Neighbourhood Policing Teams are working hard with our partners and Merseyside Police with a view to some long-term solutions which should provide great results for you, the decent residents of Skelmersdale.
“One of the main reasons for the early success of Operation Nemesis is the information we are receiving from you, the local residents, as well as other agencies. I really want to encourage you to tell us what is happening in your neighbourhood, safe in the knowledge that we will do everything we can to sort out these problems.
“If you have any information which you think would be relevant to us call us on 101.”