More arrested in drug raids

Drugs seized in raids on Wednesday July 11, 2012, in Blackpool, Littleborough, Birkenhead and Prenton

Drugs seized in raids on Wednesday July 11, 2012, in Blackpool, Littleborough, Birkenhead and Prenton

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SIX people are being quizzed by detectives after police carried out early-morning raids in Blackpool and Fleetwood.

Officers from Lancashire Police’s serious and organised crime unit raided the homes as part of the force’s latest war on drugs, targeting a supply chain running across Lancashire, Manchester and Merseyside.

Officers stormed properties on Valentia Road in North Shore, Brooklyn Avenue, Layton, and Dinmore Avenue, Grange Park, just before 7am yesterday.

In Fleetwood, homes were targeted on Mowbray Road and Addison Road.

Previous raids earlier on in the week saw large quantities of cocaine, amphetamine and mephedrone – known as bubble – seized by SOCU.

On Wednesday, 10 people were arrested on suspicion of drugs related offences.

Peter Bowden, 41, of The Glades, Lytham, Gordon Waters, 44, of Clifton Drive, South Shore, and Craig Rooks, 45, of Division Lane, Marton, were charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine, amphetamine and conspiracy to supply another Class B drug.

Scott Walker, 23, of Low Moor Road, Bispham, and Aaron Pitts, 35, of Baldwin Grove, Marton, face the same charges while Carl Taylor, 30, of St Andrews Road South, St Annes, was charged with conspiracy to supply Class B and possession of ecstasy and a Class B drug.

Dominique Halshaw, 24, of St Andrews Road South, St Annes, was charged with possession and conspiracy to supply a Class B drug.

During yesterday morning’s raids a 34-year-old woman, from Blackpool, was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of cocaine, a 33-year-old man is being questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class B drugs while a 46-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, as well as cannabis, amphetamine and mephedrone.

A 33-year-old man from Fleetwood was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of amphetamine while another Fleetwood man, aged 38, was arrested on suspicion of supplying Class B drugs.

Det Insp Graham Gallagher, of Lancashire’s serious and organised crime unit (SOCU), said: “Serious and organised crime affects everyone, ruining lives, driving other crime and instilling fear in our communities.”