Cheshire Police target drug dealers across Halton

Police have arrested ten people following dawn raids across Widnes, Runcorn and Warrington.

Officers from Runcorn and Widnes Local Policing Units today, Wednesday 15 July, joined together to target drug dealers and organised criminals across the Halton area.

The operation, which was codenamed Operation ImpACT, involved nine drugs warrants at addresses in Runcorn, Widnes and Warrington. As a result of the operation seven men and three women have been arrested for drug related offences including conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Detective Sergeant Ian Allen who has been leading the operation said: “Today's operation is the culmination of over six months work and involved more than 50 officers from both Runcorn and Widnes LPUs.

“As a result of the warrants we have executed today we have seized a large quantity of drugs which could have been destined for the streets of Halton.

“Today’s operation has only been possible because of information that we have received from residents of Halton.”

Chief Inspector Deborah Hooper, from Local Policing Unit, said: “As the Chief Inspector for the new Local Policing Unit I will be taking a robust approach to tackling drug crime in Runcorn.

“The corrosive effect that drug abuse and associated criminality has on our communities is well known, and I am committed to tackling the problem and targeting those involved.

“Today’s operation reinforces my commitment to targeting people who undermine our communities and bring misery to residents through their involvement in organised crime and illegal drugs.

Chief Inspector Richard Reeves from Widnes Local Policing Unit added: "Drug related activity and organised crime has a major impact on local communities and it is an issue that I take extremely seriously.

“As we move forward I want to reassure residents that I will devote all the resources I can to tracing those responsible and disrupting their behaviour.

"I would like to take this as an opportunity to thank members of the public for the information that they have provided.

“Support from the public is vital in our fight against drug related crime, and I would urge anyone with any information in relation to drug use and supply in Widnes or Runcorn to contact Cheshire Police on 101.”

Information from members of the public can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

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