Fifth person arrested – £1 million recovered (Melling)


Photo: Cash

Following a search of an address in Liddell Avenue, officers recovered in excess of £1million cash and in excess of 13kgs of what is thought to be Class A drugs.

A 23-year-old man from the Melling area has been arrested on suspicion of drugs and money laundering offences.

He has been taken to a police station on Merseyside where he will be questioned. Four others arrested yesterday remain in police custody at this time.

Enquiries are on-going at the addresses that were searched yesterday, with Crime Scene Investigators examining the properties. The recovered drugs are also being examined to establish what they are.


Original release: 07/07/2015

Merseyside Police can confirm four people have been arrested following an incident in Melling this morning, Tuesday, 7 July.

Officers stopped a Vauxhall Insignia motor vehicle on Wheeler Drive, Melling at around 9.30am and following a search of the car recovered a significant amount of what is thought to be Class A drugs.

As a result of this find, officers then searched two properties on Liddell Avenue, together with a further two vehicles, and recovered a large quantity of what is believed to be Class A drugs and a significant quantity of cash.

Officers then searched a third property in Rainbow Drive, Melling and recovered further quantities of drugs and cash.

Three people – aged 29, 35 and 36 from the Melling and Kirkby areas have been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs. A 39-year-old of Melling has also been arrested on suspicion of possession of controlled drugs.

Detective Inspector Tony O’Brien said: “This is a significant recovery of cash and Class A drugs, that has now been taken off our streets and can no longer be used to line the pockets of criminals and cause misery in our communities.

“This is just one example of how we are tackling serious and organised crime, on a daily basis across the force area. We are relentless in our pursuit and will act on any information we receive in relation to criminality, and as we have today, take action.”

Officers from the force’s Matrix Serious and Organised team are currently searching the properties whilst Sefton CID are continuing to carry out enquiries into the offences.

Detectives would urge anyone with any information about this incident to contact the Matrix Serious and Organised Crime team on 0800 230 0600.


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