A “TENACIOUS” officer helped to mastermind a drugs bust where a man had kept cannabis and a gun.

PC Alec Barrett identified a drug supply network operating from Hastings and Brighton.

Through his own research he was able to organise a tactical response and warrants to raid a property in Ditchling Rise, Brighton.

Inside they found £50,000 worth of cannabis, with labels for different strengths ranging from “gelato” and “gorrilla glue” to “Bruce Banner”.

Kim Wijesuriya, 53, was jailed for two years after the drugs were found, as well as a suspected firearm and homemade explosives.

Residents were shocked when the Royal Navy bomb squad turned up to enter the property and make sure it was safe.

PC Barrett, who has been an officer for 11 years, went the extra mile and also helped a youngster at the property with safeguarding.

He was presented with a commendation at the Brighton and Hove Divisional Police Awards last week.

Superintendent Julia Pope praised his “tenacity” and leadership skills.

She said: “This was not handed to PC Barrett on a plate. He developed the intelligence and was responsible for the tactical planning and execution of search warrants.

“The seizures included £50,000 worth of drugs and £15,000 in cash.”

PC Barrett said he hopes to earn a promotion to Police Sergeant in the coming months.

He praised his colleagues to help him get the result of arresting Wijesuriya.

“I’m humbled and flattered to get this award, this is the day-to-day stuff we do,” he said.