Cash and drugs seized in raids

Insp Louise Ainsworth, geographic inspector for Blackpool Police
Insp Louise Ainsworth, geographic inspector for Blackpool Police
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FIVE people have been arrested by police following a series of drugs raids.

More than £46,000 in cash – believed to have been amassed through criminal activity – was seized by police during a raid on Lowrey Terrace, South Shore.

Amphetamine paste and a cannabis plant were later uncovered by officers who went to a property on Furness Avenue, Grange Park.

The raids came as Lancashire Police issued a red alert warning to drug users over the risks associated with new supplies of amphetamine following a suspected drug-related death in York.

Insp Louise Ainsworth said: “The action taken by our officers shows we will not tolerate drug dealing.

“As this type of criminal activity usually has a negative impact on those who live in the community we would ask if residents do have any information they contact us so we can work together to solve the problem and prevent new dealers entering the market.”

A 51-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of cannabis following the first raid on Lowrey Terrace. She has since been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Police made an application under the Proceeds of Crime Act for the cash seized from the property to be forfeited to the courts.

Blackpool magistrates have now granted the order, which means money will eventually be ploughed back into crime-fighting projects across the county.

Annabel Fowden, financial investigator for Lancashire Constabulary, said: “This was a significant amount of money and it has been accumulated at the cost of local residents’ misery, as they are inadvertently affected by the anti-social behaviour and other criminality which comes with drug dealing. By removing this money we can help prevent further crime and improve quality of life for local residents.”

On Friday, a raid on Furness Avenue led to a 43-year-old man and a 21-year-old man, both from Blackpool, being arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis.

A 17-year-old from Blackpool was arrested on suspicion of possessing cocaine with intent to supply and theft. All three have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Stefan Taylor, 23, of no fixed address, was also arrested at the property and charged with possessing cannabis and failing to comply with the notification requirements of the Sex Offenders’ Register.

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