Three arrested in early morning drug swoops

THREE men were arrested in a series of early morning drugs raids in Skelmersdale.

Around 40 officers executed search warrants under the baner of the Operation Nimrod aimed at targeting drug dealing activity in the town in response to concerns from the local community.

Four addresses in Uppingham, Carfield and two flats on Elmstead were simultaneously raided at around 7.30am yesterday.

Chief Insp Geoff Hurst, who oversees policing in West Lancashire, said: “We are committed to taking Class A drugs off our streets and today’s activity shows that we will take action against those we suspect of being involved in drug-related crime.

“This is a focused police response to a community problem. We have asked the public to work with us and they have sent us a very clear message that they do not want people who illegally deal drugs to live among them. Our work does not end here – we will continue to target individuals we suspect to be involved with drugs and we will continue to work with neighbourhoods affected by drug dealing to help make sure that new dealers don’t enter the market.”

Men aged 31, 37 and 39 were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of heroin. They remain in police custody, where they will be questioned by detectives.