Four arrested in major drug raids

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FOUR people have been arrested during a series of early morning raids on suspicion of supplying cocaine.

Officers from Lancashire Police’s serious and organised crime unit (SOCU)– Britain’s version of the FBI – swooped on addresses in Singleton, Layton and central Blackpool yesterday morning.

Police smashed open doors at four properties as part of an investigation into the supply class A drugs in Lancashire and across the country.

Four people are currently being questioned by detectives.

A 38-year-old woman, a 52-year-old man and a 42-year-old man, all from Blackpool, have all been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply cocaine.

A 29-year-old woman, from Singleton, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply cocaine and money laundering.

The raids targeted addresses on Mains Lane, Singleton, Foxdale Avenue in Layton, and Cheltenham Avenue and Claremont Road, both in central Blackpool.

And the high profile sting was hailed as a success by Det Insp Graham Gallagher, from SOCU,

He said: “We carried out a number of highly visible raids and arrested four people. Crime levels in Lancashire are low and it is our firm intention to ensure they remain that way – as this activity shows.

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

“Lancashire Police is committed to tackling serious and organised crime.

“As always, it is incredibly important people continue to provide the police with information.

“This way we can keep them safe and look for ways to prevent organised crime groups from operating in the future.”

A further six arrests were carried out at properties across Manchester as part of the operation.

A 44-year-old man, from Salford, a 31-year-old man from Manchester, a 37-year-old man from Sale and a 25-year-old man from Irlam were all arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Two separate raids were carried out on Tuesday where quantities of cannabis and mephedrone were seized.

A 45-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a class B drug and was later given a caution following early morning swoops on properties on Milbourne Street and Peter Street.

PC Dave Walsh, community beat manager for Brunswick ward in Blackpool, said: “Our communities are concerned about drugs and the consequent impact they can have on neighbourhoods.

“We would urge residents to get in touch if they have information about drugs so that we can take action to tackle these problems.”

- Anyone with information about crime is asked to contact police on the new number 101. In an emergency always dial 999.

Alternatively, information can be given to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.