Raids uncover drugs and cash

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POLICE uncovered white powder, drug paraphernalia and thousands of pounds in cash during major drug raids in Blackpool.

Officers from Lancashire Constabulary’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) executed search warrants in Blackpool, Lytham, St Annes Manchester and Merseyside shortly before 7am yesterday.

The raids were carried out as part of an operation targeting a Class A and B drugs supply chain running across the three counties.

Previous raids have seen large quantities of cocaine, amphetamine and mephedrone (more commonly known as bubble) being seized by SOCU.

During the raids officers discovered the powder, paraphernalia and money at homes in Blackpool and more than 13 kilos of white powder at an address in Merseyside.

The raids took place at The Glades, Lytham; Clifton Drive, South Shore; Division Lane, Marton; and St Andrew’s Road South St Annes.

A 41-year-old man, a 30-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman from Lytham and St Annes; four men from Blackpool aged 23, 35, 44 and 45 were all arrested on suspicion of various drugs offences.

Det Insp Graham Gallagher, of SOCU Lancashire, said: “We’ve carried out a number of highly visible raids this morning and we have arrested 10 people across three counties. We are committed to tackling organised drug dealing in Lancashire – and beyond – as today’s activity shows.

“Serious and organised crime affects everyone; ruining lives, driving other crime and instilling fear in our communities.

“It is incredibly important people continue to provide the police with information so we can keep them safe and look for ways to prevent organised crime groups from operating in the future.”

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