POLICE have uncovered Lancashire’s biggest ever haul of the drug mephedrone in Blackpool.
Officers estimate the 24 kgs of mephedrone – a class B drug known as “bubble” or “meow meow” – has an estimated street value of more than £120,000.
Lancashire Constabulary’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) executed two warrants at industrial units in the central area of Blackpool.
A large quantity of white powder was recovered along with mixing and packaging equipment.
Analysis of the substances showed 24 kgs of mephedrone, 1.5kgs of amphetamine and 2.5kgs of cannabis.
As a result of last Friday’s raids, three people were arrested on Tuesday.
Further searches of addresses were then conducted and police seized around £20,000 in cash and a .22 rifle.
A 41-year-old man from Lytham was arrested on suspicion of possessing amphetamine with intent to supply, possessing a firearm without a certificate and a proceeds of crime offence.
A 44-year-old man from Blackpool was arrested on suspicion of money laundering and possessing a firearm without a certificate.
A 44-year-old man from Broughton, near Garstang, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm without a certificate and a proceeds of crime offence.
All three have been bailed pending further inquiries.
Det Insp Graham Gallagher, of SOCU, said: “Mephedrone, or bubble, has been an emerging threat across the country, as it can be cheaper than other drugs.
“As with any illegal substance there are dangers with taking mephedrone – you will never know exactly what you are putting into your body and the risks, both in terms of your health and gaining a criminal conviction, are high.
“This is the largest seizures of mephedrone we have seen in the county and it has prevented a substantial amount of a dangerous drug from reaching our streets.”
He added: “Drugs bring with them associated crime and anti-social behaviour, causing problems for our communities.
“We are committed to tackling drug dealing and are keen to hear from anyone who has information or concerns about those who are blighting our neighbourhoods by selling drugs.”