Wirral man arrested at Manchester Airport charged with drugs and firearms offences

A man has been charged with drug offences and conspiracy to possess a firearm after officers made an arrest at Manchester Airport earlier this week. 

At around 8.40pm on Tuesday 9 August officers stopped and arrested a man from Birkenhead as he arrived at the airport on a flight from Tenerife.

Police then executed a warrant at a house in Birkenhead and discovered three swords, a knuckle duster and suspected Class B drugs (cannabis) which were all seized at the address. 

Liam Freaney, aged 36, of the Beechwood Estate, Birkenhead, has been charged with conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs and conspiracy to possess a firearm without a licence.

The charge was made as part of Operation Aquarium – a police investigation into drugs supply and the Merseyside Police response to Operation Venetic: a national investigation into the use of encrypted mobile devices, commonly referred to as Encrochat.

Freaney was remanded into custody and appeared at Wirral magistrates court this morning.

At the time of Freaney’s arrest, Detective Sergeant James Boardman said, “I hope this arrest shows that there is no hiding place for anyone who may be involved in serious and organised criminality. 

“Thanks to the work of our officers several dangerous weapons and drugs have been removed from our streets that could have caused serious harm to families and residents in our community. 

“These actions are about stopping the supply of illegal drugs and the storage of dangerous weapons that could harm others therefore I would urge anyone who may have information about those involved to contact police.”


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