UPDATE Thirteen arrested in early morning raids – still in custody

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THIRTEEN people have been arrested this morning (Thursday, September 26th) as part of an investigation into the supply of controlled drugs in Lancashire and elsewhere.

The arrests were made across Lancashire and Merseyside in a series of co-ordinated strikes earlier today. Officers executed warrants at addresses in Heysham, Bootle, Walton, Liverpool, Croston, Lostock Hall, Banks, Rufford, Hesketh Bank and Southport.

Those arrested are: a 43 year old man from Bootle; a 47 year old man from Walton; a 31 year old man from Liverpool; a 31 year old man from HMP Walton; a 35 year old woman from Croston; a 33 year old man from Croston; a 30 year old man from Banks; a 34 year old man from Hesketh Bank; a 33 year old man from Skelmersdale; a 32 year old man from Merseyside; a 23 year old man from Merseyside; a 43 year old man from Skelmersdale and a 36 year old man from Skelmersdale.

They have all been arrested on suspicion of Conspiracy to Supply Class A and Class B drugs and will be interviewed during the course of the day.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Ashton, of Lancashire Constabulary’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said: “This morning’s raids are part of an on-going investigation into the activities of a suspected organised crime group and a drugs supply chain that has seen cocaine and cannabis being moved across, and sold in, Lancashire, Merseyside and Scotland.”
“The activities of serious and organised criminals can have a dramatic effect on our communities. It can ruin lives, fuel other crime, such as burglary and robbery, and can instil fear in our neighbourhoods. Lancashire Constabulary is committed to tackling organised crime and we would ask that communities help us in doing this.
“It is vital that people continue to provide the police with information so that we can keep them safe and look for ways to prevent organised crime groups from operating in the future.”

Anyone with any information in connection with this activity should call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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