A FRUSTRATED MP has warned drug dealers that they will be caught, as police clampdown on drug possession in town.

Officers in Cumbria Police's Allerdale Proactive Team were conducting stop and searches at about 4pm on Sunday (June 13) in St Michael's ward, Workington, and found a "big bag" of heroin on a man.

The 39-year-old was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A and Class B drugs, Cumbria Police confirmed.

He has since been released under investigation.

Sharing details of the incident on social media, a spokesperson said: "Another big bag of heroin off the streets of Workington tonight after a positive stop search of a male in the town.

“Phone going off none stop on arrest – there will be some unhappy customers.”

The officers' haul marks the second time drugs were found in the town centre in one week, following reports that two youths were found in possession of cannabis at the Washington Street multi-storey car park on Wednesday (June 9).

And Workington MP ,Mark Jenkinson, has now spoken out against the issue – sharing a warning to those causing it.

"It's great to seethe police making a dent in the livelihoods of the drug dealers, who really are a scourge on our town," he said.

"Drugs have been a problem for a long time, particularly in the busier parts of Workington, and other large towns and cities as well."

He continued: "It's good to see an increase in enforcement around drugs and possession, and it's hard to know whether its evidence of more of it, or if it's just that police are catching more people. I really hope it's the latter."

Mr Jenkinson said he has high hopes for a reduction in neighbourhood crime, thanks to Cumbria police and crime commissioner, Peter McCall, receiving £311,358 from the Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund – of which St Michael's ward will be a recipient.

The funding will be spent on crime prevention measures, including Safer Homes Packs to protect 1,300 homes.

He added: "As far as drug dealers go, I would say you will get caught – is it worth it?

"I would also ask all residents to vigilant, and report anything they see.

"The police can't act unless they have cause to do so, so we really need residents to keep their eyes open and report anything they think is criminal behaviour, because we need to stamp it out."

To report a crime, call police on 101, or visit www.cumbria.police.uk/reportit.