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14 arrested after dawn drugs raids

FOURTEEN people were arrested for alleged drug offences after a series of dawn raids.

Police swooped on addresses across Merseyside and the UK.

Merseyside Police’s elite Matrix squad had joined forces with Scottish drugs enforcement in a 12-month operation.

Over that period the haul included £350,000 of heroin, ecstasy tablets worth roughly £50,000 and a rotary manufacturing machine used to produce tablets. More than £50,000 of cocaine and cannabis was also seized along with ammunition.

During yesterday’s raid officers uncovered a cannabis farm at a property in Walton.

Those arrested were:

A 34-year-old man from Bootle on suspicion of conspiracy to produce controlled drugs.

A 34-year-old man from Lydiate on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and produce cannabis.

A 35-year-old man from Bootle on suspicion of conspiracy to produce controlled drugs.

A 31-year-old man from Netherton on suspicion of conspiracy to supply cocaine.

A 48-year-old man from Bootle on suspicion of conspiracy to produce controlled drugs.

A 44-year-old man from the Vauxhall area on suspicion of conspiracy to supply heroin.

A 32-year-old man from Anfield on suspicion of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs.

A 21-year-old man from Bootle on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug and money laundering.

Two women, aged 38 and 31, from Netherton were arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled drugs.

A 51-year-old woman, a 31-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man, all from Litherland were re-arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to produce cannabis.

A 22-year-old man from Oxfordshire was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to produce controlled drugs.

Head of Matrix, Det Chief Supt Paul Richardson, said: “With the help of local communities we can build on the good work.”

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