Prescot Man Charged in Merseyside Drugs Raid

By on Friday, May 10, 2013

A resident of Hughes Avenue in Prescot was among six men arrested and charged following dawn raids on Thursday 9 May.

Lee Gray, 30, stands accused of conspiracy to produce cannabis. He will appear in Liverpool Magistrates Court today, along with others from Huyton, Kensington and Tuebrook. Another man and two women were arrested but not charged.

Speaking after the raids yesterday, Detective Superintendent Chris Green from Matrix, Merseyside Police’s anti-gang crime unit, said the arrests were the culmination of months of investigation.

He said: “Today’s arrests show yet more enforcement activity by Merseyside Police in tackling the issue of cannabis farms being operated by criminal gangs who care little for the wider community.

“A great deal of work went into gathering the evidence for these warrants and executing them successfully this morning so it is pleasing to see so many suspects in police custody.

“Cannabis cultivation is a serious crime which we know is linked to some of the violent crime that we are tackling every day on our streets. Cannabis is not a harmless drug – it has serious physical and medical side effects and rival drug dealers will stop at nothing to protect their crop and customer base, including using violence and intimidation.

“We have had some great recent successes in uncovering both small and large scale cannabis farms tucked away in areas where we all live and today’s arrests are a further blow to the gangs profiting from growing and selling illegal drugs.

“I would urge the people of Merseyside to keep telling us or Crimestoppers where these farms are operating and we will take the necessary action.”

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