Man arrested as suspected heroin and crack cocaine seized

A 29-year-old man has been arrested and more than 200 wraps of suspected Class A drugs have been seized as part of ongoing work to tackle county lines and organised crime.

The force’s county lines taskforce, as part of Project Medusa, arrested the 29-year-old while on patrol in Birkenhead on Wednesday, 8 November.

Officers witnessed a suspected drugs deal in Whetstone Lane and following this a man was detained on nearby Oliver Street.

Following a search, the man was found in possession of more than 200 wraps of crack cocaine and heroin.

He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs (heroin and crack cocaine). He is still in police custody to be questioned.

Inspector Stephen Morris said, “This arrest is part of our proactive work to ensure we take offenders supplying drugs off our streets.

“We are relentless in pursuing those involved in drug dealing and serious and organised criminality across Merseyside.

“If you have any concerns about drugs in your community, please come forward, either directly or anonymously and we will take action to make our streets safer.”

Since 2019, Project Medusa officers have closed 1,101 county lines; arrested 2,421 people for various offences including drug supply, firearms offences and money laundering; and identified 1,256 vulnerable adults and children who have been referred to safeguarding services.

Anyone with concerns about drug dealing in their area can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, call Merseyside Police on 101 or DM @MerpolCC.

Always contact 999 if a crime is in progress.

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