A POLICE sting which took a number of drug dealers off the market in Winsford has been hailed as the biggest drugs bust to hit Cheshire.
Detectives spent months planning Operation Clean Sweep, which reached its climax when pushers of Class A drugs were put behind bars.
The operation saw more than 430 police officers swoop on drug dens in Winsford and Northwich.
Detective Inspector Andy Southcott, who co-ordinated the operation, has vowed to make Mid Cheshire 'a difficult place to buy drugs'.
Speaking after watching Winsford dealers David Hill, Dorothy Flood, Kelly Harrison, Francis Crawford, David Barton, Stuart Hatton and a number of associated suppliers in Northwich and Liverpool jailed for a total of more than 47 years, DI South-cott said: 'I would say Operation Clean Sweep is the most successful of its type in Cheshire.'
Winsford town, Vale Royal borough and county councillor Tony Hooton said: 'It's taken some very big fish out of the water in Winsford.
'But we need to keep the pressure on. Drug dealing is not something that is going to go away overnight.'