Elderly trio from Prescot and Whiston held over drugs trafficking plot

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Three men in their 60s from Prescot and Whiston have been arrested on suspicious of drug trafficking after a boat was seized in Liverpool Marina.

The men, who are all aged in their 60s, were arrested during the execution of Misuse of Drugs Act warrants in Prescot and Whiston in Knowsley on Thursday morning.

Officers seized around £6,000 from one house in Halsnead Park and £1,000 from a house in Prescot.

A further £2000 was seized from a boat berthed at Coburg Wharf in Liverpool.

The arrests were carried out as part of a joint investigation by the force’s Matrix Serious Organised Crime unit and Spanish police into the importation of controlled drugs from Spain into the UK.

In the Alicante area of Spain, local officers there arrested nine people and uncovered two plantation-style cannabis farms at the same time as the Merseyside warrants were being executed.

Detectives spent yesterday interviewing the 63-year-old from Prescot and the two 68-year-olds from Whiston on suspicion of conspiracy to import controlled drugs.

They have since been released on conditional police bail pending further inquiries.

Anyone with information about drug offences where they live should contact their neighbourhood policing team or leave information anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.