Three arrests following Lancashire Police’s largest cocaine seizure

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A man and a woman from Ormskirk have been arrested on drugs charges.

Officers from Lancashire Police arrested the pair, both 33, following early morning drugs raids connected to the force’s largest cocaine seizure valued at £11m.

The raids were executed by Lancashire Constabulary’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit at two addresses, one in Cole Crescent, Aughton, Ormskirk, and another in Wigan, following an investigation into the supply of cocaine in the Skelmersdale.

A 34-year-old man from Wigan was also arrested, as well as the man and woman, on suspicion of supplying cocaine and money laundering and are currently in police custody.

Detective Inspector Martin Kane, of Lancashire Constabulary’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said: “This morning’s raids are part of on-going investigation into the supply of cocaine into the Skelmersdale area of Lancashire following warrants executed in the Merseyside area last week where we recovered 35kgs of high purity cocaine and over £200,000 in cash.”

The SOCU have also been working with Hampshire Police over a number months investigating the supply of cocaine across England, particularly Skelmersdale, Lancashire, Merseyside and Hampshire.

Inspector Martin Kane contiued: “During our investigation we have uncovered a large scale cocaine supply network between Lancashire, Merseyside and the South Coast and we are working in partnership with Hampshire Police.

“The seizure last week was Lancashire Police’s largest ever cocaine recovery. It will dramatically reduce its supply and the harm cocaine causes across Lancashire and the North West of England.

He added: “The activities of drug dealers can have such a negative effect on our communities.

“They can ruin lives, fuel other crime, and can instil fear in our neighbourhoods and we are determined to tackle that.

“Our aim is to take is to target those involved in the supply and selling of drugs throughout Lancashire and beyond.

“We need the public to continue to work with us to help us tackle drug crime by informing us of any suspicious activity.”

The raids follow warrants executed by Lancashire officers last week in the St Helens area of Merseyside where 35kgs of high purity cocaine and over £200,000 in cash was seized from a caravan on Fleet Lane.

At the same time,10 premises in Hampshire were searched resulting in a further 10kgs of cocaine, MDMA, amphetamine, cannabis and more cash seized.

Six men and a woman have already been charged with drugs conspiracy offences and appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates Court on November 5.

Anyone with information about suspicious activity in their community should contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always dial 999.