NOTE: This content is old - Published: Wednesday, Jan 10th, 2018.
Cheshire Police targeted organised crime gangs this morning in a series of early morning raids today including one at an undisclosed address in North Wales.
Homes in Cheshire and Merseyside were also swooped on in this morning raids.
More than 200 officers from Cheshire Constabulary executed warrants at addresses as part of a high-profile policing operation.
They simultaneously visited 19 houses in Warrington where one woman and 13 men were arrested aged between 20 and 40.
One man was arrested following the raid on the North Wales property.
One warrant was executed in Winsford with one man arrested and another man was arrested at a property in Merseyside
All have been arrested on suspicion of supplying Class A and B drugs and are currently in custody helping police with their enquiries.
“Today’s early morning strike phase is the result of a lengthy and complex investigation which was carried out by officers.” a Cheshire Police spokesperson said.
“It focused on an organised crime group well known in Warrington who are suspected of conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs. During the operation seven firearms were also recovered and taken out of circulation.” They added.
Detective Superintendent Aaron Duggan, Head of Crime at the Constabulary, said:
Today’s coordinated arrest activity comes after 12-months of hard work. A dedicated team of officers have worked hard to gather evidence and intelligence while protecting vulnerable members of the community from those suspected of being involved in serious and organised crime.
I am particularly pleased that this operation has reduced a significant number of firearms that were in circulation. Obviously the possibility of the criminal use of the firearms was a key threat we addressed, our action will, I hope, reassure the community that we will tackle serious crime in a positive way.