POLICE launched a major crackdown on drugs in Wrexham by raiding five homes in just four hours.

Officers hope to have made a “serious dent” in the drugs trade following the raids across Llay, New Broughton, Pandy and Gwersyllt during one morning.

A group of 10 police officers from the area split into two teams and raided properties following intelligence from the public.

The Leader followed police as they executed four warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act and one warrant under the Theft Act.

The first raid was in Eighth Avenue, Llay, at 8.52am.

No drugs were found at the property so officers moved on to the next raid at Plas Dur, Pentre Broughton, at 9.25am where they found cannabis and steroids.

A man was issued with a fixed penalty notice for the possession of cannabis.

Police then moved on to Philips Road in Gwersyllt at 9.41am.

Here they found class A drugs, possibly heroin, and a man was arrested on suspicion of possessing class A drugs.

The next warrant, at 11.37am, was at an address on Pandy Lane, Rhosddu where suspected class A drugs, steroids and drugs paraphernalia were seized.

The owner of the property was not in at the time.

The final warrant, which was a search for stolen goods, was at Holborn Crescent, Brynteg, at 12.51. Nothing was found at the property.

PC Graham Bailey said: “We had three positive warrants out of five so it’s been a good, positive day.

“We want to send out the message that drug dealing will not be tolerated.

“The information has come from the general public and we are acting on their fears.

“We hope to put a serious dent into the drugs scene.”

Wrexham North police inspector Paul Jones said: “If you are dealing drugs then you can expect a visit from us.

“We will never stop trying to tackle drugs in the area.

“Thanks to the public for giving us information – they are vitally important in our mission to tackle the problem.

“I think in the last couple of years there has been an increase in drugs, but mainly with soft drugs like cannabis.”

Anybody who can help police should call their local police station or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.