Suspected drug dealers had an early morning wake up call today (Thursday, 21 April 2016) when officers executed warrants at addresses in Bootle, Crosby, Southport, Litherland, Anfield and Chester

Today’s raids were carried out just a week after 11 people were arrested and charged with drugs offences following raids across Sefton.

Officers executed warrants at 16 addresses and 12 people (eight men and four women, aged between 18 years and 51 years) have been arrested. And officers have recovered two potential firearms which will be examined to establish if they are viable weapons. Searches at the properties are ongoing.

The raids are the culmination of a 12-month investigation by detectives from Sefton in to serious and organised crime in the area.

The operation, which involved the execution of 13 drugs warrants last week, reinforces the Force’s commitment to tackling the scourge of drugs in our communities through working with communities.

Chief Superintendent Claire Richards, explained: “We have carried out a second wave of raids today, predominantly in Sefton, and this policing activity further reinforces our commitment to improving local communities. I hope that our actions have reinforced our message to communities that we have listened to their concerns and taken positive action.

Chief Superintendent Richards, added: “This operation was set up after local residents raised concerns about drug dealing in their communities and I would like to take this opportunity to stress that if you are aware of serious organised crime, including the supply and distribution of drugs, in your area, let us know and we will take positive action and help you to improve your community.

“Calls to Crimestoppers are anonymous and information provided could give us the opportunity to positive action in your neighbourhood. By calling today you can make a difference in your community for the future.”


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