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County Lines drug arrests in Merseyside following joint operation

County Lines drug arrests in Deeside and Merseyside following joint operation.

North Wales Police has carried out a joint operation with Merseyside Police targeting County Lines drug dealers in the area.

Seven people have been arrested in Deeside on suspicion of drug offences.

Following an intensive joint investigation into the supply of drugs, police raided addresses in Connah’s Quay, Shotton, Garden City and Queensferry.

Inspector Darren Wallace of Merseyside Police said: “Organised crime is hugely damaging to our communities, often involving intimidation, violence and creating fear and it is these criminals who run County Lines.”

“Criminals involved in organised crime have no thought for anyone other than themselves, and their criminal intent and greed.”

“Project Medusa is dedicated to cutting these County Lines dead and as this operation has shown, regional boundaries do not matter.”

“We work with partners in other forces to trace those organised criminals responsible and help those who may be exploited by these gangs.”

Inspector Simon Williams offered a broader view of the work being undertaken to tackle county lines and drug offences within the Flintshire district and throughout North Wales.

He said: “I want to emphasise that the strikes made on Flintshire addresses today are not done for quick results and positive headlines.

They form part of a wider ongoing strategy that will allow us to identify risk and demand within our communities. We will respond to any intelligence that arises as a result of these arrests and be prompt in acting on new lines of enquiry

Senior Investigating Officer, DI Mark Hughes said: “The arrests made this week are the result of a six-month long investigation undertaken by North Wales and Merseyside officers.

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