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Officers from Merseyside Police County Lines Team, Project Medusa, and Devon and Cornwall Police have arrested 17 people following a joint operation into County Lines drug supply today, Thursday 14 July.
During the warrants, which were carried out simultaneously in the Croxteth area of Merseyside and Penzance in Cornwall, officers also located and seized huge quantities of suspected class A drugs – suspected to be heroin and cocaine.
All those arrested have been taken to police stations, where they will be questioned by detectives.
Merseyside Police Detective Inspector Gary Stratton said: “This has been another large operation with Devon and Cornwall, and those suspected of these offences will now be questioned.
“Drug supply is hugely damaging to our communities, often involving intimidation, violence and creating fear, through the running of County Lines. Those involved pay no notice to borders so it is vital we share intelligence and resources, in order to target networks, safeguard vulnerable people and prevent further harm.
“This follows on from a separate work last month in which 40 people were arrested in Devon and Cornwall for drug and other offences, with drugs, weapons, cash and vehicles seized. Our message is very clear, we are committed to supporting our communities, protecting the vulnerable and we will pursue those who intend to commit crime.”
Devon and Cornwall Detective Inspector Glenn Willcocks said: “The activity carried out across West Cornwall and Merseyside forms part of an ongoing investigation into County Lines drug supply between the two force areas.
"By sharing intelligence and coordinating our policing response with other forces we have been able to carry out a significant operation across two counties and have arrested a number of individuals. Those arrested will be interviewed in due course in relation to this investigation.”
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