Merseyside Police, supported by officers from Lancashire and Thames Valley, has arrested a further three people following dawn raids at 18 addresses in Sefton, north Liverpool, Lancashire and Oxfordshire this morning (Thursday, 10 January 2013).   Two women aged 38 and 31 and both from Netherton have been arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled drugs and a 22-year-old man from Kidlington in Oxfordshire has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to produce controlled drugs. They join eight men arrested earlier today as part of the operation.   The arrests are the culmination of a 12-month operation targeting the supply of Class A, B and C drugs in Merseyside, Scotland and other parts of the UK. Searches of the properties are ongoing but so far a quantity of what are thought to be class a drugs, cash and equipment used in the production of the cultivation of cannabis.   Those arrested earlier today are:

A 34-year-old man from Bootle arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to produce controlled drugs.

A 34-year-old man from Lydiate arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to produce controlled drugs, conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (Cocaine and Heroin), and conspiracy to produce cannabis.

A 35-year-old man from Bootle arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to produce controlled drugs.

A 31-year-old man from Netherton arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (Cocaine).

A 48-year-old man from Bootle arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to produce controlled drugs

A 44-year-old man from the L5 area arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (Heroin)

A 32-year-old man from Anfield arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs.

A 21-year-old man from Bootle arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug and money laundering.

Also three people who have been arrested and bailed previously as part of the operation, have been re-arrested.

A 51-year-old woman, a 31-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man, all from Litherland have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to produce cannabis.

They have all been taken to police stations for questioning by detectives.

Anyone with information about those involved in drug crime can phone Merseyside Police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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