Police raids designed to seriously disrupt criminal gangs in Preston this week have resulted in 18 people being charged with drugs offences.
The swoops on addresses around the city as part of Operation Nemesis netted 22 suspects – all but four of them being put before a court accused of supplying drugs. Three more were bailed and a fourth released without charge.
The round-up also captured around £60,000 in cash, stolen property worth £20,000 – including cars – and drugs with a street value of £5,000.
Senior officers in charge of the round-up described the results as “very satisfying.” But there was a warning to other dealers that the campaign to hit the narcotics trade in Preston will continue with more raids possible in the near future.
“We have taken a robust approach to tackling organised crime gang related criminality, in particular those who cause serious levels of violence and anti-social behaviour within our neighbourhoods,” said Det Insp Warren Atkinson.
“The operation was very successful. As a result of searches generated by the week’s operation, £60,000 in cash has been recovered that is subject to criminal investigation, in addition to £5,000 of drugs and stolen property woth £20,000. This will have a significant impact on organised crime gang activity within Preston.”
The four latest suspects to be charged included Jerome Carter, 21, of Millbank, Fulwood who is accused of supplying heroin and crack cocaine.
Andrew Shields, 19, of Cypress Close, Preston was charged with being concerned in the supply of cannabis, supplying crack cocaine and possessing cannabis with intent to supply.
Mark Sowerby, 36, of Fishergate Hill was charged with being concerned in the supply of heroin.
And Abdul Din, 44, of New Hall Lane was charged with supplying and offering to supply heroin.