Police arrested and charged four men after launching dawn drug and money laundering raids.
Lancashire police staged the series of early morning raids across the country on Wednesday July 29 and now four men from Preston and four other men from across England will appear at Preston Magistrates Court this morning to answer charges for suspicion to supply drugs and money laundering.
Warrants were executed under Section 8 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 at addresses on Albert Terrace, St Georges Road, Ashleigh Street, Cottam Avenue, Knowles Street and Cromford Walk in Preston and Skipton Close in Bamber Bridge.
Zahid Khan, 39, of Albert terrace, Preston was charged with two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, possession of a Class B drug and three counts of money laundering.
Aroon Younus, 29, of St Georges Road, Preston was charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and money laundering.
Shakeel Sawar, 25, of Knowles Street, Preston was charged with money laundering and Isaac Amin, 34, of Cromford Walk, Preston was charged with possession of a Class B drug and money laundering.
Further warrants were executed at an address on Cross Ormrod Street in Bolton, Falkland Avenue in Rochdale and Trueways in Leicester.
Mahmoud Jaber, 32, of Arncliffe Avenue, Accrington was charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
Imran Patel, 29, of Trueway Road, Leicester was charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
Mohammed Allahuddin Miah, 39, of Cross Ormrod Street, Bolton was charged with two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and Nadeem Hussain, 27, of Falkland Avenue, Rochdale was charged with two counts of money laundering.
All eight are due to appear at Preston Magistrates Court this morning, Thursday July 30.
Officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) have been conducting patrols in the areas to reassure local residents.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.