Twenty four charged following drugs operation

Friday, November 25, 2022

Operation Lagoon is a Lancashire Constabulary operation that focused on the street level supply of Class A drugs in Preston City Centre.


The operation identified several “Drugs Lines” that were offering the sale of Heroin and Crack Cocaine and selling them throughout the City Centre.


We carried out a number of warrants at addresses across the city centre earlier this month and a number of people were arrested and charged.


Det Chief Insp Zoe Russo, of South CID, said: “Tackling serious and organised crime is a force priority. It affects everyone, ruining lives, driving other crime and instilling fear in our communities.

“Lancashire Police will relentlessly pursue those involved in organised crime, disrupting and dismantling their operations.

“We will ensure those involved in serious and organised crime do not benefit financially from their activities by attacking their finances, making it harder to move, hide and use the proceeds of crime.


“We need the public's help to combat serious and organised crime.  If you know something, do something. Call independent charity Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111. Giving information is always 100 per cent anonymous and secure. You may even receive a reward for your information if it leads to an arrest and charges.

“Lancashire Constabulary will investigate and act on any credible intelligence that is passed to us, using the full force of the law to crack down on offenders.

“People in Lancashire should be reassured that we are doing everything possible to bring offenders to justice and keep our local communities safe from serious and organised crime.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Andrew Snowden added:

"Disrupting and dismantling organised crime is a key priority in my Police and Crime Plan for Lancashire and it's fantastic to see Lancashire Constabulary's success in tackling this issue in Preston and indeed across the county.


"Targeted operations like this stop crime gangs from bringing fear and violence into local communities and I will continue to work closely with the Constabulary to take the fight to criminals and to make Lancashire a hostile place for them to operate."

Twenty-four people have been charged with offences of drug supply. They are:


  • Andrew Beattie, 7/6/72, Lychgate, Preston
  • Owen Cross, 27/5/04, Rose Lane, Preston
  • Marcus Knowles, 1/12/00, Kenmuire Place, Preston
  • A 17-year-old youth from Preston
  • Joshua Elder, 8/10/03, Dawson Walk, Preston
  • Aaron Alty, 7/8/02, Pine Court, Leyland
  • Mark Sowerby, 3/4/78, no fixed address
  • Jessica Hindle, 6/8/79, Elcho Street, Preston
  • Tammy Wane, 18/10/82, Tunbridge Street, Preston
  • Michael Barr, 14/10/84, Dorman Road, Preston
  • Atiq Suawar, 1/10/83, Knowles Street, Preston
  • Tyrese Harrison, 14/01/01, Fishwick Parade, Preston
  • A 17-year-old from Preston
  • Andrew Maudsley, 12/8/90, Nelson Street, Bamber Bridge
  • Jordan Watkins, 14/12/01, Abbey Street, Preston
  • Leandro Licursi, 27/7/79, Greenwood Street, Preston
  • David Cross, 19/7/68, Greenwood Street, Preston
  • Jordan Spence, 15/8/96, Manchester Road, Preston
  • Andrew Turner, 27/6/85, Eadale Court, Preston
  • Daniel Mcateer, 26/12/88, Grosvenor Street, Preston
  • Luis Kelly, 23/4/03, NFA
  • Ryan Morris, 23/12/94, Turner Street, Preston
  • Lyndon Ross, 29/01/88, The Sidings, Preston
  • David Cocker, 14/6/73, Golbourne Street, Preston

Over the past year, Lancashire Police has made 855 arrests, seized over £4m of drugs, 43 vehicles and over £1/2m of cash from criminals. Around 200 vulnerable adults and children have also been safeguarded.

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