Thousands of pounds of cash as well as illegal drugs have been seized after a police operation in Luton.
It follows an investigation by Bedfordshire Police’s specialist Boson guns and gangs team into a suspected gang active in the town.
Boson officers made two arrests at separate addresses in the Wigmore area of the town on Friday (27 October).
Police recovered cannabis, nearly £3,000 in cash, other items suspected to be used in drug dealing, bolt croppers and a jerry can believed to be linked to an alleged arson attack.
A man in his 20s and a teenage boy have subsequently been charged with several offences including drugs supply offences, blackmail, arson, money laundering, possession of a knife and going equipped for theft.
Sergeant Ken Foster, from Boson, said: “We are working around the clock to disrupt gangs and organised crime groups in Luton.
“The cannabis trade fuels some of the worst exploitation and violent crime in our county. Wherever we find cannabis, we will invariably find knives and other weapons, as well as children and vulnerable adults being exploited.
“We want to protect our communities from this exploitation. If you have concerns about someone you know, please get in touch and we’ll do all we can to help them – and bring their exploiters to justice.”