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Preston police crackdown on drugs with several arrests in the city

Posted on - 22nd April, 2024 - 9:13am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Lancashire Police, Preston City Centre, Preston Locations, Preston News
Police on patrol in Preston city centre Pic: Preston Police
Police on patrol in Preston city centre Pic: Preston Police

Preston Police have made a number of arrests for drug dealing in and around the city.

Preston Task Force arrested four people after concerns were raised by the public.

The first arrest was on 10 April and related to a stop search conducted on a male, who the community had contacted the force about being involved in selling drugs.

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The 26-year-old male was seen on Meadow Street in Deepdale and was searched under Section 23 Misuse of Drugs Act.

He was found to have an extendable baton and after a further search, several wraps of suspected cocaine were located, with two mobile phones. He was arrested but has since been bailed.

The next day on 11 April the officers went back to Meadow Street where they stop searched a second male.

Large quantities of cocaine were found in his rucksack. His address was searched and further quantities of cocaine and cannabis were found alongside thousands of pounds in cash which were seized.

Marquis Africa, 27, of Owtram Street was charged with possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class A and money laundering. He was remanded to appear at Preston Magistrates Court.

On 12 April, officers conducted a stop of a motor vehicle on Hawarden Road in Fishwick. The driver was found to have no driving licence and insurance and heroin and crack cocaine were located on him.

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He was arrested, and addresses were searched where over £50,000 was located and seized. A 33-year-old female was also arrested on suspicion of money laundering.

Michael Brennan, 43, of Broughton Street, was charged with possession with intent to supply controlled drugs of Class A, money laundering and driving offences. He was remanded to appear at Preston Magistrates Court. The 33-year-old female has been released on bail.

Operation Warrior is Lancashire Police’s response to tackling serious and organised crime in Lancashire. It aims to target the individuals and gangs involved in crime, as well as associated issues such as violence and intimidation, large-scale drug supply, exploitation, and fraud, all of which can cause serious harm to local communities.

If you have any concerns or information about crime happening in your area, you can report it by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency, online via the website https://orlo.uk/LancsWebsite_lVy6D or anonymously to Crimestoppers via 0800 555 111.

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