Police officers from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (Titan) arrested 17 people on suspicion of drugs, firearms and money laundering offences.
Officers from Titan, helped by officers from Lancashire, Merseyside, Cheshire and Greater Manchester, executed 19 search warrants across Tarleton, Banks, Ormskirk, Wigan, Formby, Southport, Kirkby, Birkenhead, Walton, Widnes and Salford yesterday, following an investigation into serious and organised crime.
Eleven men and six women were arrested and police seized a quantity of suspected Class A drugs together with a drugs press, rounds of ammunition, a large quantity of cash and jewellery, high value vehicles and computer equipment.
The arrests included a 34-year-old man from Tarleton, arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, to possess firearms, to supply Class B drugs and to conceal criminal property, and a 34-year-old woman from Tarleton arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to conceal criminal property.
A 44-year-old man from Banks was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, to possess firearms, to supply Class B drugs and to conceal criminal property.
A 35-year-old woman from Banks was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to conceal criminal property.
And a 35-year-old man from Banks was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and cultivation of cannabis.
Det Supt Jason Hudson, from the Titan team, said: “This operation demonstrates the on-going commitment and dedication of Titan in tackling serious and organised crime across the North West region.
“We appeal to anyone with any information relating to serious and organised crime in their area to contact police so we can take rigorous action against them.”
During a search warrant executed in Salford, officers discovered a number of rounds of ammunition and a smoke canister that required the Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) being called to make it safe.
Anyone with any information about crime is asked to call their neighbourhood policing team on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.