A SERIES of raids by police across Flintshire led to the discovery of class A drugs, stolen goods and even a samurai sword.

Officers across the county swooped on a number of properties as part of the operation after receiving intelligence from members of the public.

In South Flintshire five warrants were executed on Thursday under the Misuse of Drugs Act, which resulted in the recovery of a samurai sword, stolen property and a quantity of cannabis.

Inspector Martin Best said: “We are very grateful to the community for providing us with information which has enabled us to carry out these warrants.

"South Flintshire police will continue to take a proactive approach to tackling drug crime.”

In North Flintshire, teams under the direction of Inspector David Roome carried out four warrants in Flint, Holywell and Northop, recovering drugs and stolen property including quad bikes and clothing as well as tracking down people wanted on outstanding warrants.

North Flint officers also undertook anti-social behaviour patrols seizing alcohol from teenagers and taking their details.

Officers also used the automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) system in a crackdown in Oakenholt, Greenfield and Trelawnyd, stopping untaxed and uninsured vehicles and issuing tickets.

Meanwhile in Deeside, police also carried out five warrants during the week recovering class A drugs, such as heroin and quantities of cash.

Inspector Mark Hughes said: “By acting on information from the community we are able to crackdown on local drug dealers who bring misery to our area. I’d encourage Deeside residents to continue to work with us.”

There were also a number of arrests in Wrexham.

Chief Superintendent Ruth Purdie, divisional commander, said: “North Wales Police officers in Eastern Division planned a week of heightened activity to crackdown on people who think they can get away with committing crimes such as burglary, buying stolen good and drug offences – they can’t.

“We will ensure that such people are investigated, arrested and brought before the court.

“We appeal to the public to give us information, and they have my assurance that we will act upon it effectively.

“In the meantime I would like to thank the public for their help in allowing us to carry out these recent operations.”