Nine people arrested as part of TITAN class A drugs investigation

Issued on behalf of 'Titan', the North West regional organised crime unit (NW ROCU) by Merseyside Police press office

'Titan' is regional organised crime unit made up of officers and staff across all North West forces acting as an extension of forces tackling serious and organised crime and protecting our communities.

The North West Regional organised crime unit (TITAN) has today, Thursday 12 October, arrested nine people after executing search warrants across Scotland, Cheshire and North Wales.

Cannabis Titan 1 Warrants were executed at 10 addresses, with the support of officers from Police Scotland, Cheshire Police and North Wales Police, as part of an 18-month Titan investigation into the supply of Class A drugs.

The arrests follow a strike day in September where warrants were executed at a number of properties across Wirral, Milton Keynes and Bristol.

During today’s strike day the following nine people were arrested:

  • A 44 year old male from Cumbernauld in Scotland
  • A 41 year old male from Stevenson in Scotland
  • A 47 year old male from Kilwinning in Scotland
  • A 42 year old male from Kilwinning in Scotland
  • A 39 year old male from North Wales
  • A 39 year old male from Cheshire
  • A 32 year old male from HMP Liverpool
  • A 34 year old male from HMP Liverpool
  • A 41 year old male from HMP Altcourse

All have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs.

Titan Mixing Agent In addition a quantity of ammunition was also recovered together with 30kg of what is believed to be cannabis resin and 240kg of mixing agent used in the production of controlled drugs.

Detective Inspector Paul McVeigh from Titan, said: "Today’s operation follows on from last month’s strike day in which a number of arrests were made and demonstrates the ongoing commitment of Titan to target those involved in the supply and distribution of Class A drugs.

"Titan exists to tackle and take down the most serious, hardened and organised criminals who pose the more serious threat to the communities. But we cannot do this work alone and we are grateful for our colleagues, particularly those at Police Scotland, for assisting and supporting us during this wide-ranging and ongoing investigation.

"Our message to those involved in drug supply is that you cannot escape justice and there are no borders, we will work with other forces to relentlessly pursue those profiting from serious organised crime.

"No-one should have to put up with drug dealing and the associated violence and gun crime it often brings.

"We will work with our communities to improve the quality of life for decent, law-abiding people and I would urge people to keep helping us do that by reporting any drug dealing or gun crime to the police or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."