The Serious Organised Crime Unit have charged six men with explosives and drug offences following an operation to target organised crime in Warrington.
Four have been charged with criminal conspiracy to possess explosives. Two of the men were also charged with conspiring to supply cocaine along with two other men. The six have been remanded into police custody.
A 28-year-old man arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply a class A drug (cocaine) has been released under investigation.
Six are due to appear at West Cheshire Magistrates Court today (10 October).
Robert Musson, 33, of Bernard Avenue in Warrington was charged with criminal conspiracy to possess explosives and conspiring to supply cocaine.
William Jones, 28, of Forster Street in Warrington was charged with criminal conspiracy to possess explosives.
Utku Tig, 31, of Lilac Crescent in Runcorn was charged with conspiring to supply cocaine.
Kyle Stewart, 31, of Howson Road in Warrington was charged with criminal conspiracy to possess explosives.
Paul Jones, 38 was charged with conspiring to supply cocaine.
Wesley Williamson, aged 31 was charged with criminal conspiracy to possess explosives and conspiring to supply cocaine.
The charges relate to arrests made on Tuesday 9 October as part of a number of early morning warrants in Warrington and Runcorn in-connection with a grenade found on Cleveland Road, Warrington in February.
Following the execution of the warrants local police community support officers carried out high-visibility patrols to offer reassurance to local residents.
David Keane, police and crime commissioner for Cheshire, said: “I would like to commend the work of officers from Cheshire Police’s Serious Organised Crime Unit who have been working tirelessly since the device was found in Warrington earlier this year to investigate the circumstances around its discovery and to take action.
“Local residents can be reassured that police in Cheshire are doing everything they can to eliminate serious organised crime across the county to ensure our communities remain some of the safest nationally.”