Three charged with drugs and modern slavery offences

Merseyside Police has charged three people with drugs and modern slavery offences as part of an investigation by Op Toxic.

Op Toxic has been investigating numerous County Lines across England and Wales involving young and vulnerable victims who are exploited to carry out the Class A drug supply of heroin and crack cocaine.

On Thursday, 2 May, two warrants were executed in the Childwall and Sefton Park areas.

Ruby O’Keefe, 21, of Childwall, and Kerry Russell, 38, of Liverpool have both been charged with conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin, and four counts of conspiring to arrange/facilitate the travel of another with a view to exploitation and conspiracy to acquire criminal property.

They were both remanded in custody to appear at Liverpool magistrates court on Friday, 3 May.

James O’Keefe, 22, who was produced from HMP Risley, has been charged with conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin, four counts of conspiring to arrange/facilitate the travel of another with a view to exploitation and conspiracy to acquire criminal property, being concerned in the supply of Class B (spice) in a custodial institution, and possessing a mobile whilst in prison.

Anyone who has any information about County Lines drug dealing in their area or anyone who is concerned about someone who may be being exploited by these gangs, can contact @CrimestoppersUK completely anonymously on 0800 555 111 or contact 101.

In an emergency always contact 999. 

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