POLICE seized around 200 packs of Class A drugs, nine guns and a cannabis farm during a raid ahead of the Pride.
The operation also resulted in eight arrests in the days leading up to Brighton and Hove Pride.
Between August 1 and August 4, officials conducted dozens of searches and targeted actions across the city to cut off supplies of illegal drugs during security preparations for the event.
The activity included multiple arrests for supplying Class A drugs, possession of weapons and stalking.
On August 4, officers searched a property in Coldean and found a cannabis farm, nine cannabis plants and 15 pots of recently harvested cannabis.
A crossbow with ammunition was also confiscated.
The inmate – a 33-year-old man from Brighton – was arrested on suspicion of growing a Class B drug and possessing an assault weapon.
He was released under investigation while the investigation continues.
The four-day operation included 50 searches of people, property and vehicles, seizing the following:
- 165 packs of class A drugs worth around £10,000
- Over 30 cannabis servings in varying amounts
- Nine weapons
- Five vehicles
- £5,250 cash
- In addition, eight people were arrested and three protection reports were drawn up on vulnerable people.
Chief Inspector Andy Saville, of the Brighton and Hove Neighborhood Police Team, said: “Catching criminals and protecting our communities is work that goes on 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
“This targeted activity combined our security preparations for Brighton Pride with an ongoing drug supply operation in the city.
“It was a good example of local, community intelligence combined with enforcement to remove a significant number of harmful substances, weapons and people from the streets.”
Pride organizers said around 300,000 people were in town for the event, which ran from August 5-7.
Sussex Police reported there were just 37 arrests, mostly for drug offenses and drunk driving and misdemeanor offences.
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