A 15-year-old boy from Southport is among three Merseyside suspects questioned following a massive drugs crackdown across Cumbria.
The teenager is due to appear before the courts over alleged links to heroin and crack cocaine supply following reports over street dealing in Barrow.
Two men - from Kirkby and Anfield - are also among the latest suspects from Merseyside to be accused of drugs offences in the region. Heroin, crack cocaine, cash and a taser have so far been seized by officers working on Operation Torpedo, a Cumbria Police initiative targeting drug dealing in the southern part of the force’s patch. Ten people have also been arrested - including the three from Merseyside - after warrants were executed and suspected networks targeted in Kendal and Barrow.
One of those was the 15-year-old from Southport, who was arrested with two others when officers probed suspected street dealing in Barrow. The teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine, and possession with intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine.
Earlier in the month a raid at an address on Stricklandgate, Kendal, led to the arrest of Thomas McClennan, of August Road in Anfield. The 21-year-old was among four people arrested in that operation to be charged with conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine. A week later James Powell, also 21, was quizzed after a raid on Rinkfield in Kendal.
Powell, of Lingtree Road in Kirkby, has now been charged with possession with intent to supply. The allegations are the latest to be made against people from Merseyside by Cumbria Police. Links between Merseyside drugs gangs and the county’s towns have long been well-known, with so many local suspects going through Carlisle Crown Court one judge described it as “regular traffic”.
Commenting on Operation Torpedo, which began this month, DI Helen Ellis said: “We are aware that people have been travelling from places like Liverpool and Manchester to south Cumbria to sell Class A drugs.
“This operation shows we will not tolerate this illegal activity in our local communities. We will continue to work hard to stop drugs coming into south Cumbria, and bring anyone found selling drugs to justice. Drug dealing affects everyone in a community, and can affect crime levels and make people feel unsafe.
"This is completely unacceptable and we will do everything possible to protect local people from the damaging effects of drugs.”
By Joe Thomas - the Liverpool Echo/Sept. 20, 2016
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