Eight arrested in drugs crackdown across Merseyside and Cheshire
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Update: Officers have charged a 28 year old man from Croxteth following a County Lines drugs operation yesterday (14th April).
Joseph Drury, 28 of Griffin Close has been charged with offering to supply heroin and crack cocaine, concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine and possession of heroin and crack cocaine with the intent to supply following a warrant.
He appeared at Wirral Magistrates Court this morning (15th April) and has been remanded in custody.
Merseyside police officers have today (14th April) teamed up with Cheshire Police to conduct a cross border day of activity targeting those involved in drug crime.
The activity forms part of our ongoing attempt to tackle County Lines drug dealing and child criminal exploitation, dubbed Project Medusa.
Three warrants were carried out, two in North Liverpool on Griffin Close, Croxteth and Thomaston Street, Everton and one in Crewe. This saw three people arrested as well as quantity of brown and white powder, a scrambler motorcycle, a large quantity of cash, Tag Heuer and Hugo Boss Watches all seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
A 28 year old man and 41 year old woman from the Croxteth area were arrested during the first warrant on Griffin Close on suspicion of Possession with Intent to Supply and Illegal Drugs (Class A).
A 25 year old man from the Everton area was arrested during the warrant on Thomaston Street on suspicion of being concerned of Making an Offer to Supply Class A Drugs.
No arrests were made in during the warrant in Crewe.
Joint patrols in Crewe however did result in a number of arrests as listed below:
- A 20 year old man from Crewe was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs worth between £4-5k after he was stopped on Elizabeth Street with a kilo of Cannabis.
- A 44, 30 and 68 year old men were all arrested on Seddon Street after they were found with a significant amount of wraps of suspected crack cocaine and heroin. They were all arrested for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.
- A 46 year old man was finally arrested on Staley Bridge Road for obstruction of the Misuse of Drugs Act after he swallowed a number of wraps of suspected heroin and crack cocaine.
All of the above have been taken to custody in Crewe.
Detective Inspector Gary Stratton from Merseyside Police said: “We remain determined to identify and locate those involved in gang violence, those distributing drugs up and down the country and those taking advantage of our young people.
“Children can get sucked into what is perceived to be a lucrative business, but there are so many consequences, including violence, coercion into more serious crime, a criminal record or lengthy prison sentence. Therefore, we must work jointly with partners and other police forces to educate young people, put offenders behind bars and take these dangerous substances off our streets.”
Detective Inspector Claire Jesson from Crewe Local Policing Unit, said: “The operation in Crewe alongside our colleagues in Merseyside and British Transport Police was aimed at targeting criminals who sell drugs in our communities.
“We know that criminality has no borders and that these groups will do all they can to make criminal gains by exploiting the most vulnerable in our society. By working together we’re also showing that we too have no borders and will continue to work together to rid those involved in supplying drugs.
“You too can help us. We realise we can’t do this alone and rely on the information provided to us by the public so that we can take action against those who exploit adults and children to deliver and deal drugs on their behalf.
“If you have any information about illegal activity in your area, please contact Cheshire Police by calling 101 or report it via https://www.cheshire.police.uk/ro/report.”
Anyone with information which could assist our investigation into County Lines criminality can DM @MerPolCC, call 101 or contact @CrimestoppersUK completely anonymously on 0800 555 111.