Update - Seven People Arrested Following Dawn Raids Across Merseyside

Merseyside Police have arrested an eighth man following dawn raids across Merseyside this morning (Thursday 24 January). A 25-year-old man from Rock Ferry has been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply controlled drugs. He has been taken to a police station for questioning.

Four men (aged 32 years, 34 years and two aged 28 years all from Rock Ferry) arrested this morning have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Two men, a 51-year-old from West Derby and a 30-year-old from Rock Ferry, have been released without charge.

A 36-year-old man from Rockferry, arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug, remains in police custody

Merseyside Police has arrested seven menon suspicion of drugs offences following dawn raids across Merseyside this morning (Thursday, 24 January).

Officers executed 12 warrants at addresses in Rock Ferry and West Derby. Four men from Rock Ferry (aged 32 years, 34 years and two aged 28 years) were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to produce cannabis. A 36-year-old man from Rock Ferry was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug. A 51-year-old man from West Derby and a 30-year-old man from Rock Ferry were arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis.

Searches of the properties are ongoing but following the execution of a warrant at an address in Rock Ferry officers found a small quantity of what is believed to be cocaine.

The arrests are a culmination of a 12-month operation targeting the supply of cannabis in Merseyside and during the course of the investigation officers have already recovered more than 250 plants with an estimated street value of £250,000, along with drugs paraphernalia.

Inspector David Westby, who is leading the operation said: "Today's action highlights Merseyside Police's continued commitment to targeting those involved in the illegal supply of drugs. Drugs not only blight our communities but also fuel all sorts of other crime which affects the lives of ordinary working people. I would encourage residents to keep reporting suspicious or criminal activity to the police so that we can take rigorous action."

Those arrested this morning have been taken to police stations where detectives will interview them.