2nd February 2018
Eight people were arrested by detectives following early morning raids on addresses in Cheshire
Properties on Merseyside were also hit as part of the police operation, which was the culmination of a five-month investigation into criminal groups exploiting vulnerable people.
Over sixty officers raided a total of seven homes, two in Congleton and five in Merseyside.
Three women and three men from Liverpool, one man from Congleton and a woman from Litherland, aged between 17 and 54, were all arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. Six of those have now been charged by Cheshire Police.
One man has been released, and another has been released but is still under investigation by officers.
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Ankers, who is in charge of the operation, said:
“Over the past couple of months we have been conducting raids and bringing down those who not only blight the local community with drugs but exploit vulnerable people to commit crime.
“This morning saw officers target Congleton after months of hard work to gather intelligence and evidence in connection with one organised crime group.
Our work continues to protect local communities and disrupt criminality. These gangs must be under no illusion that officers will catch them and they will not avoid detection.”