ELEVEN people have been arrested after cash was seized during a dawn raid on properties across St Helens and Merseyside this morning.
Police executed raids at 15 homes across St Helens, Kirkby, Knowsley Village and Fazakerley as part of an operation targeting gun and drug crime.
Ten men and one woman have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs, while searches are currently ongoing at 13 addresses.
The raids - codenamed Operation Decade - are the culmination of a year-long investigation by detectives from Merseyside Police’s specialist gun and drugs Matrix team.
Superintendent Paul White, said: “The arrests made today are the result of an extensive investigation by detectives.
Acting on information we carefully planned this initiative over 12 months and today’s operation is just one example of the Force’s commitment - with the support of the public and partner agencies - to tackle drug related crime and organised crime groups working in Merseyside
“These arrests send out a clear message to those involved in serious and organised crime. Drug trafficking and the use of firearms blights our communities and puts ordinary law abiding people at risk.
“I can reassure the public that we will keep up the pressure on these organised crime groups and will pursue them relentlessly and put them before the courts to make our streets safer.”
Chief Supt Mike Cloherty, Area Commander for Knowsley, added: “This operation was set up after local residents raised concerns about serious organised crime in their communities.
“I would like to take this opportunity to stress that if you have information about anyone involved in serious organised crime, involving drug and gun crime, let us know and we will take positive action and help you to improve your community.”
* Anyone with information about serious organised crime, involving drugs and guns, in their community can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.