Officers from Cheshire Police have today arrested eleven people as part of Operation Impact, which targeted people involved organised crime and illegal drugs.
Nine warrants were executed at addresses across the Crewe area, including in Nantwich, Leighton and Haslington, whilst a tenth warrant at an address in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
As a result of the warrants officers arrested nine men on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A Drugs - they are currently being held in police custody. In addition two men were arrested at Risley prison, they are also being held on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A Drugs.
Cheshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts said: "This morning’s warrants were the culmination of many months of work focusing on individuals suspected of being involved in organised crime and illegal drugs.
"Were here for Communities and operation Impact reinforces our commitment in targeting those people that undermine the lives of local peoples and bring misery to residents through their involvement in organised crime and illegal drugs.
"This sort of behaviour can have a major impact on local communities. It is an issue the force takes extremely seriously and we devote all the resources we can to tracing those responsible and disrupting their behaviour."
"We hope that today′s operation reassures local people that we are listening to what they are saying and are taking those concerns seriously. Community intelligence is vital and helps us to build up a bigger picture of what is happening in a particular area and to work out the best ways of dealing with any issues.”
As well as the eleven arrests officer also seized six vehicles and a quantity of cash under the proceeds of crime act, they included a BMW 530, a Subaru Impreza and a AMG Mercedes.
Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane said: “It’s great to see some of the work that officers are doing to help tackle organised crime, and I hope today’s operation provides reassurance to local residents and businesses.
“Organised crime and drugs related incidents can have a major impact on our local communities, and I hope that the operation conducted today sends a clear message to criminals in the county that there′s nowhere for them to hide."
Information from members of the public is vital in the fight against drug related crime. We would urge anyone with any information in relation to drug use and supply in their area to get in touch on 101. Information can also be passed on anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.