10 arrested and £8,000 seized after County Lines drug raids in Chorley and South Ribble

A total of 10 people have been arrested following a number of drugs raid on homes in Chorley and South Ribble.

Tuesday, 14th July 2020, 9:10 am
Updated Tuesday, 14th July 2020, 9:30 am

Police in South Ribble said raids on six different homes have led to the arrest of 10 suspects in the area in recent weeks.

Details on the arrests are limited at this stage and Lancashire Police has been approached for more information.

But officers with the force in South Ribble confirmed at least 10 people have been arrested, with three of the suspects foreign nationals who had travelled from Birmingham.

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Class A drugs and more than 8,000 in cash has been seized after police raided six homes in Chorley and South Ribble recently. Pic: Lancashire Police

One of the arrested men had also been wanted on suspicion of violent robbery, said police, and another suspect had been from Merseyside.

More than £8,000 in cash has been seized from suspects following the raids, as well as a supply of Class A drugs.

The force said the arrests suggest that County Lines drug gangs are continuing to operate within Lancashire.

A police spokesman said: "We have executed six warrants locally which have gained some really positive results.

"Ten people were arrested. Three of which were foreign nationals currently residing in the Birmingham area, one of these males was also wanted for a violent robbery.

"One was a Merseyside man and this shows that County lines issues are present in our area.

"This is were Organised Crime groups often use vulnerable people to transport drugs across local authority areas.

"As a result of the warrants, we have taken a significant amount of class A drugs off the streets, as well as seizing over £8,000 in cash.

"Thank you to the public who provided us some valuable information to be able to execute these warrants.

"Going forward we will continue to target the crime groups coming onto our patch."

If you have any information about drug dealing in your area, you can contact police on 101 or call crime stoppers on 0800555111.