As part of a major investigation into drug offences, police raided ten homes in St Helens and Haydock today.
As part of an effort to disrupt organised crime, officers from the St Helens policing team executed warrants at ten residences at the same time.
Union Street, Lord Street, Queens Street, Grove Street, Pennine Drive, Stainton Close in St Helens, and Edward Street and Church Street in Haydock were all targeted during the searches.
Seven persons were detained, and drugs, drug dealing paraphernalia, and cash were recovered. Stop searches were also conducted across the neighbourhood by officers.
On suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A narcotics, possession of the criminal property, and hindering police, a 42-year-old man from Lord Street in St Helens was arrested. A 33-year-old man from Blackbrook Road in St Helens was detained on suspicion of possessing a controlled Class B drug.
During the warrant on Edward Street, three men aged 17, 21, and 40, as well as a 35-year-old woman from Haydock, were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A and B drugs, as well as possession of the criminal property.
On suspicion of possessing a controlled Class A narcotic, a 58-year-old man from Stainton Close in St Helens was detained.
“We conduct this style of policing regularly to ensure those living, working and visiting St Helens are protected. We will continue to listen to the public’s concerns and act on any information given to us.”
“This activity helps us to disrupt organised crime, gain intelligence and safeguard people who may be being exploited.“
“Information from our communities plays a vital part in bringing offenders to justice, so I would like to encourage the public to continue to come forward to us, or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously, so that we can take action.”