A man was arrested for possession of a Class A drug following a police operation in Ilfracombe on Friday evening.
The man was arrested, and subsequently bailed to Barnstaple Police Station at a later date, after being found in possession of drugs during a police drugs dog operation.
Around 15 police officers and two drugs dogs visited ten pubs and licenced premises in the town as part of the operation to combat the possession and supply of controlled drugs.
During the operation, officers searched a total of nine people both in the street and in pubs and clubs.
As well as arresting one man, in a separate incident, police also seized two separate quantities of drugs and warned a man for possession of cannabis.
North Devon Sector Inspector Roger Bartlett described it as a “really successful” operation.
He said: “This operation shows our commitment to do all we can to eradicate illegal drugs in the pubs and clubs of Ilfracombe.
“Whilst this was not in response to any specific intelligence, I think it is fair to say that every night time economy area will see drugs used and change hands.
“Drug misuse destroys lives and creates significant harm. It also increases the risk of disorder and undermines the licensing business.
“We are working closely with licensees, street pastors and others to ensure the night time economy area is safe and vibrant.
“Local licensees were made aware of our intention to conduct this operation without warning and indeed many have been asking us to do this.
“This was a really successful operation and it won’t be the last so those that continue to bring drugs into the town centre should be under no illusion that they are not safe from prosecution.”
The police dogs are specially trained to indicate when they detect the presence of illegal drugs and this provides the power for officers to conduct a full search under the Misuse of Drugs Act.