Operation Hawk – Further arrests

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Operation Hawk team have carried out two more warrants in Chorley today on top of the activity you may have seen or heard about on Wednesday of this week.

As a result of the two warrants today, four people have been arrested by officers.

Three men aged 30, 44 and 44 have been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

A 46-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug and possession of a Class B or C drug. All are from Chorley and are currently in custody.

A further three people, including two men aged 30 and 25, as well as a 50-year-old woman, all from Chorley, have been voluntarily interviewed by police on suspicion of drugs-related offences.

A golf ball sized package of what is suspected to be Class A drugs, cannabis bush, white powder suspected to be cocaine, several mobile phones and £150 cash have all been seized from the addresses.

Of the two people arrested on Wednesday, the 40 year old woman arrested for failing to appear at court was, under the terms of the warrant, transferred to court and given a community order until the 18th of October 2017 and ordered to pay £228 compensation.

The 25 year old man arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Chief Inspector Mike Adamson said, “We are really happy with the results we have had over the last couple of days with the operation. We know it has had a disruptive impact on those involved in this sort of activity in Chorley and feedback from the local community has been really positive.”

Operation Hawk is an intelligence-led operation targeting Organised Crime Groups who are operating in the area.

The team, made up of neighbourhood officers, response patrols and the Intelligence Unit, was first set up in November last year in response to concerns being raised by the community about drug dealing and the associated violence and anti – social behaviour that often goes with it.

Since November (and including this week’s activity) officers have conducted over 50 stop checks, executed 17 drugs warrants and made over 55 arrests. They have seized six cars, recovered large amounts of cocaine and heroin along with several thousand pounds in cash.

Chief Inspector Mike Adamson continued; “We hope that that local people feel reassured by what they have seen of the activity and will feel more comfortable in coming forward to pass on any information they may have that could help us to continue to tackle the problem.”

If you have any information about drug dealing in your area, please contact police on 101 or online or report anonymously via the Independent Charity, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



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