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More arrests in Accrington drugs operation
6:00pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
POLICE made a further five arrests yesterday following on from dawn raids in Accrington on Tuesday.
The large scale investigation into the supply of class A and B drugs in the town has now lead to 13 arrests in total.
On Tuesday, police raided seven addresses in order to arrest men that they believed were linked to acts of extreme violence in Accrington, with drug trafficking at the root cause.
A further six warrants were executed yesterday under the Misuse of Drugs Act at addresses in Tremellen Street, Jannat Close, Woodside Road and Beech Street in Accington, and a separate address at Milton Close in Great Harwood was also targeted.
Those arrested were a 23-year-old man from Tremellen Street, Accrington, a 16-year-old man from Tremellen Street, Accrington, a 36-year-old-man from Woodside Road, Accrington, a 47-year-old woman from Beech Street, Accrington, a 45-year-old man from Milton Close, Great Harwood.
Speaking after today’s raids, Chief Inspector for Hyndburn and Ribble Valley, Jill Johnston said: “We are really pleased that we have today managed to arrest a further five people on top of those taken into custody on Tuesday as part of our crackdown on drugs offences in the Accrington area.
“These raids have come about after residents have raised concerns about drug dealing and we have, and will always continue to listen to those concerns and take action.”
Officers and Police Community Support Officers conducted patrols in the area to reassure local residents.
l All seven of the men arrested in Tuesday’s police raids appeared at Blackburn Magistrates’ Court yesterday. They were Amar Amin, 32, of Tremellen Street, Daniel Jackson, 22, of Westwood Street, Zebo Burgess, 22, of Nuttall Street, all Accrington, charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
Qaser Amin, 27, of Tremellen Street, Daniel Flood, 25, of Lodge Street, Mohammed Amin, 28, Daniel Ryder, 21, of Bradshaw Street West, all Accrington, charged with conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs.
An eighth man, Paul Birtwell, 21, of HMP Forest Bank Prison, was charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs.