Six arrested in County Blackpool bordering drug smuggling operation

Six people were arrested as part of a multi-force operation to crack down on drug trafficking in the counties.

Officers from Lancashire Police and Merseyside Police joined forces this week in a major operation targeting County Lines gangs bringing drugs into Blackpool.

On Wednesday July 6, the police took part in Operation Medusa, aimed at disrupting the supply of drugs by organized criminal groups.

Bryn Shaw, 25, of Royal Avenue, Blackpool, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to supply a Class A controlled drug – heroin and possession with intent to supply a Class A controlled drug – crack cocaine.

Four men aged 19, 29, 42 and 55, along with a 48-year-old woman from Blackpool, have been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply -Class A. They have been released under investigation pending further investigations.

The operation followed intelligence suggesting that Liverpool drug gangs were expanding their operations in the station, using violence to drive out local dealers and exploiting children and vulnerable people to sell drugs – also known as name of County Lines.

Ch Supt Karen Edwards said: “Coercion, threats and serious violence – ordinary people, including children and teenagers, are being targeted by organized crime groups who want to exploit the most vulnerable in our communities.
“County lines are an increasing threat, both nationally and locally in Lancashire. I will do everything in my power to fight, disrupt and dismantle groups that want to bring Class A drugs into the cities and streets where we live.
“Children and adults are used by traffickers to deliver controlled drugs into our communities. This must stop.

County gangs and organized criminal networks will use children and vulnerable people to move drugs and money, criminally exploiting them.

During the operation, large drug seizures were made and a number of checks were carried out throughout the station.

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