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19 charged after police drugs raids across Liverpool

A GANG of suspected drug dealers appeared in court after a massive operation that saw early morning police raids across north Liverpool.

At just before 7am on Thursday more than 200 officers hit 20 addresses across Anfield, Everton, Walton and Kirkdale to round up an alleged drugs gang.

After they were questioned, 19 out of the 20 people arrested were charged.

Appearing in court yesterday charged with conspiracy to supply Class A heroin and cocaine were Wayne Hincks, 27, of Hillary Road, Kirkdale; his girlfriend Lisa Whitney, 30, of Hillary Road, Kirkdale; Daniel Murray, 20, of Zig Zag Road, West Derby; David McNally, 22, of Cherry Lane, Walton; Carl Rutland, 28, of Yelverton Road, Anfield and Jordan Cahill, 20, of Leadenhall Close, Everton.

Also appearing in court but charged with supplying heroin were James Wilson, 28, of Agnes Road, Kirkdale; Karl Humphries, 45, of Antonio Road, Bootle and Nicola Clare Sample, 38, of Cotswold Street, Kensington.

Whitney, Rutland, Wilson and Humphires were all given bail but the other seven were remanded in custody.

The case will next be heard at Liverpool crown court on October 18.

After yesterday’s court hearing, 10 others will appear before magistrates next week.

Set to appear on Tuesday charged with conspiracy to supply Class A heroin and cocaine are Mark McMullen, 20, of Rector Road, Anfield; Thomas Parry, 20, of Harding Close, Everton; Francis Smith, 20, of Ettington Road, Anfield; Anthony Burns, 21, of Byng Road, Walton; and Stephen Owens, 51, of Day Street, Old Swan.

Charged with supplying heroin and also set to appear in court on Tuesday are Paul Hough, 30, of City Road, Walton; Michael Walsh, 40, of Redburn Avenue, Toxteth; Phillip Pattullo, 30, of Royal Terrace, Southport; Anthony Durney, 46, of Church Road, Litherland; and Ian Melia, 38, of Walton Lane, Walton.

They were also arrested in the same sweep.

A 44-year-old man from Anfield arrested on suspicion of money laundering was questioned before being bailed pending further enquiries.

The operation, codenamed Dennison, was launched after the local community came forward to police with information about the drug dealing blighting their neighbourhoods.

As well as the arrests, police found drugs, £7,000 in cash and seized a van.

ben.rossington@liverpool.com

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