FIVE more people have today (Wednesday, May 22nd) been arrested as part of a crackdown on an organised crime group supplying drugs in Blackpool and exploiting children.
In a series of dawn raids in the Grasmere Road area of the town police arrested a 41 year old man on suspicion of Conspiracy to Supply Class A drugs and Possession with Intent to Supply Class A drugs; a 22 year old man on suspicion of Possession with intent to Supply; a 23 year old man on suspicion of Possession with intent to Supply; a 45 year old man on suspicion of Conspiraco to Supply Class A drugs and a 32 year old woman on suspicion of Conspiracy to Supply Class A drugs.
They are in custody
Three people were arrested yesterday (Tuesday, May 21st) and have npw been charged. They are:
Adam Percival, 31, of Condor Grove, Blackpool; Suzanne Matthews, 34, of Condor Grove, Blackpool and Stephen Hodsonm 45, of Reads Avenue. They are all charged with two counts of Conspiracy to Supply Class A and are due to appear at Blackpool Magistrate’s Court on May 28th.
Detective Chief Inspector Rebecca Smith, of Blackpool Police, said: “The arrests today conclude a complex investigation into an organised crime group allegedly responsible for the exploitation of adults and children using the county lines model across a number of force areas. Our commitment to disrupting and dismantling these groups and this type of criminality alongside our partners is a priority and we will continue with these efforts to ensure we keep our communities safe.
“My message to these gangs is clear, you are not welcome in Lancashire and if you continue to conduct your criminal activities in this area then expect to be identified and arrested. The safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults is a priority for us all and we continue to focus our efforts on bringing anyone who exploits such individuals to justice.
“I would also urge our communities to work with us on identifying those responsible for this type of activity so that we can continue to keep our communities safe. Intelligence from members of the public is key in operations like this and I would appeal to anyone who has information that could assist, whether that be concerns around children, premises that are being used by such groups or indeed information about those responsible to come forward.”
Ten people arrested in the West Yorkshire area last week have also been charged.