By Rachael Grealish
Cumbria and Merseyside Police arrested nine people yesterday, seizing thousands of pounds worth of class A drugs, cash, vehicles and designer clothing after carrying out ‘Operation Furtim’.
On the morning of June 23 the police forces carried out the operation with the aim of arresting a number of people believed to be associated with county lines drug supply in Barrow and Liverpool.
The operation involved numerous simultaneous warrants being carried out at properties in the Barrow and Liverpool areas.
The operation resulted in nine suspects being arrested for conspiracy to supply class A drugs and for money laundering offences.
Seven of these suspects have since appeared at Furness & District Magistrates Court and have been remanded in custody – they will appear at Preston Crown Court on July 24 2020.
An eighth person remains in police custody and officers also arrested a 46-year-old woman from Liverpool who has since been released under investigation.
Several of the Cumbrian officers travelled to Liverpool to assist Merseyside police with the warrants there.
Six of the suspects arrested were from Liverpool, with three being from the Barrow area. Those arrested aged between the range of 24 and 46-years-old.
Police seized numerous items from the warrants including a substantial amount of controlled drugs, £3000 cash, vehicles and designer clothing to the value of £30,000.
Detective Inspector John Graham-Cumming said: “These warrants were conducted as part of the forces ongoing efforts to tackle the supply of drugs into Cumbria from larger cities using the county lines method of drug supply.
“This investigation has been conducted over a number of months and has seen us work closely together with Merseyside police to execute this successful operation.”
“These arrests show that even though the country has been in lockdown for the last few months, it is still very much business as usual for the police and we are committed to putting an end to this type of crime that exploits vulnerable people.”