3 men and 2 women from Wigan, Whiston and Ormskirk amongst those being questioned
Officers from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (Titan)
have arrested 17 people on suspicion of drugs, firearms and money laundering
offences today (Thursday, 27 September 2012).
Officers from Titan,
helped by officers from Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire and Greater Manchester
executed 19 search warrants across Formby, Southport,
Birkenhead, Walton, Banks, Tarleton, Ormskirk,
Widnes and Salford following a lengthy investigation
into serious and organised crime.
Eleven men and six women have been
taken to police stations for questioning by
Detective Superintendent Jason Hudson from Titan said: "This
operation demonstrates the ongoing commitment and dedication of Titan in
tackling serious and organised crime across the North West.
appeal to anyone with any information relating to serious and organised crime in
their area to contact police so we can take rigorous action against
During a search warrant executed in
Salford officers discovered a number of rounds of ammunition and a
smoke cannister that required the Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) being
called to make it safe.
Anyone with any information is
asked to call their neighbourhood policing team on 101, or Crimestoppers,
anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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