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Morning raids in Blackpool - 8 arrested

Eight people have been arrested by police as part of a major investigation into the supply and distribution of drugs in Blackpool.

Officers from Lancashire Constabulary conducted a number of raids as part of Operation Enigma, a targeted campaign to disrupt drug-dealing activity by an organised crime group in the resort.

Police executed warrants at seven addresses in Blackpool yesterday (Wednesday, January 8), with a further three addresses targeted today (Thursday, January 9).

A quantity of suspected Class A drugs, with an estimated street value of £200,000, have been seized.

Det Insp Steve Harry, of Blackpool Police, said: “This week’s raids are part of a major operation aimed at disrupting the supply and distribution of Class A drugs in the Blackpool area.

“We believe the group involved are responsible for bringing drugs into the resort from the Merseyside area.

“Our enquiries suggest those involved control a number of different drugs lines in Blackpool and are dealing in the town centre area.

“The operation is part of our on-going commitment to taking drugs off our streets.
 
“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 and we are determined to tackle that.”

Those arrested yesterday (Wednesday, January 8) include:

• A 20-year-old man from Poulton arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug.
• A 35-year-old man from Blackpool arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug.
• A 22-year-old man from Blackpool arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug.
• A 20-year-old woman from Blackpool arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug.
• A 61-year-old man from Blackpool arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug.
• A 27-year-old man from Blackpool arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug.

All have been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Those arrested today (Thursday, January 9) include:

• A 42-year-old man from Blackpool arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug.
• A 27-year-old man from Blackpool arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug.

They remain in custody.

Det Insp Harry added: “We hope by doing this activity, not only will we disrupt and deal with those involved in the activity, we can warn and educate young people about the consequences of becoming involved.
 
“It’s also really key that as part of this work, communities feel stronger and more empowered to do what they can to prevent serious organised crime from becoming the community norm.
 
“Local people are a vital source of intelligence and they need to help us to keep them safe by telling us what they know and turning rumour into hard evidence. New technology and legislation can help us protect people to come forward who otherwise would have been too frightened to so it’s important that people know they can trust us when they have something to tell us.”
 

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

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