In the early hours of this morning, Wednesday,8August2012, Merseyside Police has executed 14 warrants in Kirkby targeting people believed to be involved in seriousand organised crime who have access to firearms.
Seven people (five men and two women, all from the Kirkby area) have been arrested on suspicion of a variety of offences including possession of a drug with intent to supply, possession of a controlled drug, production of cannabis, criminal damage and assault of a police officer.
The arrests follow a thorough and extensive investigation targeting individuals and is aimed at reducing the potential for use of firearms by those involved in serious and organised crime.
Searches are ongoing at the addresses and a cannabis factory has been recovered at one of the properties.
At another address police recovered10 kilos of what is believed to be amphetamine and they also recovered a large amount of cannabis at a third address.
Following the execution of the warrants officers will also be working alongside Knowsley Council and Knowsley Housing Trust to reinforce tenancy agreements and ensure that people know that if there is evidence that they are involved in criminality they face the possibility of losing their home.
Superintendent Mark Harrison, said: "The arrests made today are the
result of an extensive investigation by detectives. Acting on information we
carefully planned this initiative over several weeks and today's operation is
just one example of the Force's commitment - with the support of the public and
partner agencies - to tackle drug related crime and organised crime
"These arrests send out a clear message to those involved in
organised crime and gun crime. Organised crime and the use of firearms blights
our communities and puts ordinary law abiding people at risk.
I can reassure the public we will keep up the pressure onthose
people involved in serious criminality. We will put them on the back foot, we
will pursue them relentlessly and we willput them before the courts to make our
Anyone who has information about those involved in organised crime or
gun crime should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.