UPDATED: Prescot woman arrested in drugs and luxury goods raid released on bail

Luxury goods, included a sports car, were seized during raids this morning
Luxury goods, included a sports car, were seized during raids this morning

A 27-year-old Prescot woman arrested during a raid on a suspected large-scale drug conspiracy in which luxury cars and motorbikes were also seized has been released on police bail.

Five other people were arrested this morning following dawn raids in Prescot, Kirkdale, Vauxhall, north Liverpool and Bootle.

Police raided the properties across Merseyside, including one in Prescot

Police raided the properties across Merseyside, including one in Prescot

Two further people – a man and a woman – who are currently in prison are also being interviewed by detectives.

The houses were searched by specialist teams of officers who forced entry to them at around 7am.

Amongst the items seized were luxury cars, motorbikes, cocaine, cannabis, a stun gun, mobile phones and thousands of pounds in cash.

The raids were staged in connection with a conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine throughout the country.

Det Supt Lee Turner, from the force’s Matrix Serious Organised Crime Unit, said: “Today is the culmination of a 14 month investigation by ourselves and colleagues in the NCA into a large scale drugs supply operation conducted by a Liverpool-based organised crime group.

“We believe this group have been involved in organised for drugs to be sold to criminals elsewhere in the country and ultimately sold on the streets of countless towns and cities in the UK.

“Drugs cause untold damage to the lives of both the people who get addicted to them and the wider community who suffer from the resulting crime.

“Meanwhile the criminals who control this trade sit in the background and profit handsomely from the misery of others, living in nice apartments, driving flash cars and wearing jewellery.

Property including a motorbike , being seized from an address in St Helens following a dawn raids by Merseyside Police

Property including a motorbike , being seized from an address in St Helens following a dawn raids by Merseyside Police

“The police will not stand by and let this happen. I am sure the public who work hard and earn an honest living must resent seeing the drug dealers who enjoy the trappings of an affluent lifestyle without having earned a penny. We will be relentless in taking out such criminals and dismantling their entire network of associates so that they cannot profit from drug dealing again.

“Working with law enforcement partners such as the National Crime Agency gives us the capability and resources to go after organised crime groups who think they can operate under the radar. Today’s arrests show them that they can’t.”

Anyone with information about drug dealing in their community is encouraged to call their neighbourhood policing team or leave information anonymously with Crimestoppers where it will be acted on by the police.