Five men were arrested as West Midlands Police forced entry into addresses in Kings Norton ward on Friday 15th February, enforcing 10 drug warrants.
Seventy officers, supported by dogs and the force helicopter, entered addresses in the area searching for Class A drugs.
Five men aged between 18 and 40, were arrested at addresses in Kings Norton including properties in Ithon Grove, Halladale, Redbrook Covert, Pershore Road, Fairfax Road, Ludstone Road, Green Acres Road and Redditch Road. The men remain in custody today and will be interviewed by detectives later.
Police recovered what is believed to be both Class B and Class A drugs (including around 80 pills), and drugs paraphernalia such as dealer bags and scales. A firearm was also recovered.
The operation took place after months of observations by community members and police identified Friday evening drug hotspots and officers hope it sends a clear message to those involved in illegal drug dealing.
Chief Inspector Simon Wallis, said: “Our action sends out a message that drug dealing won’t be tolerated in our communities…no-one involved in drug supply can sleep easy because they should understand we could come knocking at any time.”
Northfield Inspector Vanessa Eyles emphasised the importance of vigilance in the community in highlighting these hotspots, saying: “This action was prompted directly by information received from local people.
“We get lots of calls reporting suspicious activity we can’t always act immediately because of the complexity of the gangs involved, but operations like this demonstrate how valuable community intelligence is and that we will act to tackle local concerns.”
Inspector Eyles added: “Every call is vital as we work to make south Birmingham an even safer place and I would urge anyone with any suspicions of drug activity in their area to give us a call − because every piece of information makes a difference.”
If you have information on drug dealing in your community, contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
We will have updates on this ongoing operation as they become available.