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Eight arrested in drugs raids

The arrests followed police drugs raids
The arrests followed police drugs raids

Police have arrested eight people in three days of raids as part of an operation to tackle county lines drugs gangs.

Four people were detained on Wednesday morning after searches at addresses in Blackpool.

A 43-year-old woman and a 44-year-old man from Blackpool were arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug and two men, aged 32 and 39, also from the resort, were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

They are currently in police custody.

That followed and arrest on Tuesday and three arrests on Monday morning after houses in Blackpool and Poulton were raided as part of Operation Moth.

An 18-year-old man has since been charged with three counts of supplying cocaine and three counts of supplying heroin.

And another 18-year-old and a man, 34, from Blackpool have each been charged with three counts of supplying heroin and three counts of supplying crack cocaine.

They have made their first appearances at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

A fourth man, 30, from Blackpool who was arrested on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs was released under investigation.

Det Ch Insp Rebecca Smith from Blackpool Police said: “The supply of class A drugs from urban hubs like Manchester and Liverpool to towns like Blackpool continues to be widespread within Lancashire and these arrests are part of our continuing effort to tackle this issue.

“County lines gangs pose a significant threat to vulnerable adults and children upon whom they rely to facilitate and conduct their illegal activities. Exposure to this level of gang exploitation has the potential to create both emotional and physical harm.

“We are working closely with the other north west police forces and our partners in local authorities, health and social services to tackle county lines criminal activity so that we can keep our communities safe.

“Our activities form part of our on-going response to tackle serious and organised crime within our communities and in particular county lines activity.

“The message I want to send out to these gangs is that Blackpool is not an attractive proposition and that if they continue their criminal activities here they will be identified and action will be taken against them. In addition to the operational aspect of these arrests, a number of warrants were executed within the town in conjunction with staff from within the Community Safety Partnership, ensuring that our response to this issue involves the appropriate agencies.

“As always we need intelligence coming from members of the public to alert us to potential drugs activity so that we can investigate and continue to disrupt these organised gangs. I would encourage anyone who feels that they have information that could help to contact us or Crimestoppers anonymously.”