Police in North Wales and north west England have carried out their biggest drugs crackdown in twenty years.
At least thirty raids have been carried out across Anglesey, Conwy county, Merseyside and Greater Manchester in a joint operation of co-ordinated strikes on Tuesday morning, known as Operation Zeus.
Few details of arrests have yet been released, but a Holyhead man in his thirties is being held on suspicion of conspiring to supply illegal class A drugs, money laundering and perverting the course of justice.
Serious and organised crime officers are still carrying out searches at the properties, where drugs, cash and paraphernalia have already been seized.
Chief Inspector Mark Armstrong from North Wales Police said: ”The purpose of this morning’s coordinated action is directly targeting serious and organised crime groups distributing class A drugs throughout our region and in line with the forces’ Operation Scorpion’ policy is directly targeting those who cause the most harm.”
”It’s been hugely rewarding to see the reaction of many in the local community this morning. I want to personally assure those communities that we have the resources, professionalism and desire to effectively confront and defeat these gangs.”
”Drugs trafficking of any kind will remain a priority. It brings misery, violence and profiteering to our streets however we can’t tackle this alone and key to all our work is intelligence and I cannot emphasise enough the importance of the community sharing their concerns with us.”
More to follow.