FOUR MEN ARRESTED FOR THE SUPPLY AND CONSPIRACY TO ASSIST IN THE SUPPLY OF CONTROLLED DRUGS January 14th, 2014 admin Latest News Shares Comments FOUR MEN ARRESTED FOR THE SUPPLY AND CONSPIRACY TO ASSIST IN THE SUPPLY OF CONTROLLED DRUGS In the early hours of this morning (Tuesday, January 14 2014) officers from Merseyside Police arrested 4 men on suspicion of conspiracy to supply and conspiracy to assist in the supply of controlled drugs. The arrests follow a thorough and extensive investigation by detectives from the specialist Matrix team, which is responsible for tackling serious and organised crime. During the investigation officers have seized five kilos of heroin and half a tonne of adulterants (which are used as cutting agents for Class A drugs such as heroin and cocaine). The arrests today were carried out following raids at addresses in MERSEYSIDE: SCOTLAND: Moreton, Wallasey, Old Swan, Knowsley Village, The Midlands and Paisley in Scotland. Searches of the properties are ongoing. Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Richardson, Head of Matrix Serious Organised Crime investigation wing, said: “The arrests this morning are the result of an extensive investigation by detectives. Acting on information we carefully planned this initiative over several months. “These arrests reaffirm our commitment to tackling drug supply and supports the force’s wider Serious and Organised Crime Strategy. “The force has announced today that it is building on the success of the specialist Matrix Team, which was established back in 2005 to target gun and gang related crime, with the creation of the Matrix Serious Organised Crime portfolio. “The creation of the new department brings together 1500 officers and support staff from the existing Matrix team, the Force Intelligence Bureau, Force Crime Operations Unit (FCOU) and Operational Support Unit. “By bringing these teams together under one umbrella the force will provide a more resilient and sophisticated approach to tackling the threats of serious and organised crime (gun crime, major crime investigations including murder and rape, the supply and distribution of controlled drugs, hi-tech crime, child sexual exploitation and financial crime). They will work closely with different partner organisations to ensure that all avenues are explored, and legislation used to disrupt serious and organised crime on Merseyside.” He added: “Today’s operation is just one example of the Force’s commitment – with the support of the public and partner agencies – to tackling drug related crime and organised crime groups working in the Merseyside area. We know that the drugs we have seized during this investigation were destined for supply across the North West of England, Scotland and the North East and would have caused untold misery in a number of different communities. “These arrests send out a clear message to those involved in organised crime. Organised crime, which includes the production and supply of drugs, blights our communities and puts ordinary law abiding people at risk. I would like to reassure the public that we will keep up the pressure on those involved in serious and organised crime on Mersyside. We will relentlessly pursue these offenders and put them before the courts to make our streets safer.” All those arrested this morning have been taken to police stations across Merseyside where they will be interviewed by detectives. ……………………………………………………………………………………….. UPDATE – ARRESTS OVER CONSPIRACY TO SUPPLY AND CONSPIRACY TO ASSIST IN THE SUPPLY OF CONTROLLED DRUGS Update as at 8.25am on Tuesday, 14 January Merseyside Police can confirm that six men and one woman have now been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply and conspiracy to assist in the supply of controlled drugs. Two men, aged 58-years-old and 60-years old, from the Meols area, three 50-year-old men from Old Swan, Moreton and Knowsley Village, a 50-year-old woman from Wallasey and a 45-year-old man from Paisley in Scotland are currently being questioned. In addition to the places listed below, warrants have also been executed in Meols. …………………………………………………………………………………….. FURTHER UPDATE FOLLOWING SEARCH WARRANTS EXECUTED AND ARRESTS UPDATE (11.30AM TUESDAY, 14 JANUARY) Merseyside Police can confirm that following the search warrants executed this morning and subsequent arrests, £25,000 in cash has been seized from a property in Knowsley Village. Please note that the street value of the heroin seized as part of this investigation is £50,000 Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Related Comments comments!