Oct 3 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Skelmersdale Advertiser
DRUGS were seized by Skelmersdale police as part of a crackdown on drug dealing in the area.
Officers visited an address and seized a haul of bagged cannabis.
As a result of their enquires police also secured a suspected drug dealer’s vehicle and its cannabis contents the following day.
Skelmersdale Police posted the images on their Facebook page.
The post that accompanied the images stated that officers had to edit one of the photos to avoid showing the face of a newborn baby . The picture was underneath where the drug dealer was bagging up the cannabis. Police presume the baby was the dealer’s child.
The seizure comes at the same time as 13 people were arrested oas part of an investigation into the supply of controlled drugs in Lancashire and elsewhere.
The arrests were made across Lancashire and Merseyside in a series of co-ordinated strikes. Officers executed warrants at addresses in Banks, Rufford, Hesketh Bank, Southport Heysham, Bootle, Walton, Liverpool, Croston, and Lostock Hall.
Among those arrested were a 30-year-old man from Banks, a 34-year-old man from Hesketh Bank, a 33-year-old man from Skelmersdale, a 43-year-old man from Skelmersdale and a 36-year -old man from Skelmersdale.
They were all arrested on suspicion of Conspiracy to Supply Class A and Class B drugs and were interviewed by police.
The men have all been bailed pending further investigation.
Detective Chief Inspector Neil Ashton, of Lancashire Constabulary’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said: “The raids are part of an on-going investigation into the activities of a suspected organised crime group and a drugs supply chain that has seen cocaine and cannabis being moved across, and sold in, Lancashire and Merseyside.
“The activities of serious and organised criminals can have a dramatic effect on our communities. It can ruin lives, fuel other crime, such as burglary and robbery, and can instil fear in our neighbourhoods.
“Lancashire Constabulary is committed to tackling organised crime and we ask that communities help to do this.”