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Six arrested in drugs operation

Written by on May 19, 2022

Six people – five men and a woman – have been arrested by officers investigating the supply of drugs from Merseyside into Leyland.

Officers executed warrants at addresses in Liverpool, Leyland and Croston yesterday (Wednesday, May 18) as part of Operation Quarry, a major investigation into Class A drugs being brought into the county.

Suspected drugs, believed to be heroin and cocaine, as well as mobile phones, cash and vehicles, were seized by police.

Det Ch Insp Zoe Russo, of Preston Police, said: “The activities of drug dealers can have a dramatic effect on our communities. It can ruin lives, fuel other crime, such as burglary and robbery, and can instil fear in our neighbourhoods, especially where the exploitation of children and vulnerable adults is involved.

“These raids are part of a major operation to tackle the group we believe is responsible for bringing drugs into our county from the Merseyside area.

“We believe the individuals involved have brought Class A drugs into Lancashire, targeting the most vulnerable.

“We hope by doing this activity, not only will we disrupt and deal with the organised crime group, we can warn and educate young people about the consequences of such criminality.”

Operation Quarry was initially launched following the suspected distribution of drugs in the Leyland area.

As a result of police intelligence and enquiries, officers were able to identify a number of people linked to the supply of drugs.

Det Ch Insp Russo added: “The widespread sale, distribution and use of Class A drugs leads to incidents of violence, threats and intimidation, exploitation, as well as family and community tension.
“As such the community expect the police will act in a manner which is proportionate.

“Our operation has been in part supported by local people providing us with information. They are a vital source of intelligence and I would encourage them to keep assisting to help with our investigations.”

Any information can be passed to police via 101 or anonymously by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The below people have been arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug;

Two men aged 64 and 23, from Liverpool.
A 53-year-old man and a 64-year-old woman from Croston.
A 60-year-old man and 53-year-old from Leyland.

All have been released under investigation pending further enquiries.