Police raid venues for drugs in North Lincolnshire as part of Operation Ferret
AN OPERATION to crack down on drugs in pubs and clubs across North Lincolnshire took place on Saturday night.
Venues across Scunthorpe, Brigg and Barnetby were visited by officers from Humberside Police in an operation codenamed Ferret.
Drug raids were carried out at venues including The Whistle and Flute in Barnetby, The Woolpack in Brigg and Scunthorpe venues The Penny Bank, Zest, The Blarney Stone, Storm, Britannia and Schnapps Bar.
A 21-year-old woman was arrested outside Zest for carrying a CS spray canister.
Officers discovered a bag of powder on the floor at The Whistle and Flute.
Emma Styles, owner of The Whistle and Flute in Barnetby, said: "I am absolutely devastated.
"We welcome the police doing these searches.
"We can't strip-search every person that uses our pub.
"I have never had reason to think this was happening.
"I would not want these people in my premises.
"I appreciate they are doing their job, but I am heartbroken."
The operation saw a total of 26 special constables work alongside police officers and a drugs dog.
It began at around 8pm and ran into the early hours of the night.
Humberside Police constable Simon Duffield, who was running the operation, said: "We have seized a small amount of drugs, including cannabis and a small bag of powder found on the floor."