A MAN from North Wales was arrested following a cross-border raid involving more than 200 officers from Cheshire Constabulary.

Police targeted a Warrington organised crime group as part of the high-profile policing operation.

As well as warrants being executed in Merseyside and Cheshire, an address was also targeted in the Conwy County area - believed to be in Kinmel Bay.

The North Wales operation led to the arrest of one man on suspicion of supplying Class A and B drugs, who is currently in custody helping police with their inquiries.

Detective Superintendent Aaron Duggan, Head of Crime at Cheshire Constabulary, said: “Today’s coordinated arrest activity comes after 12-months of hard work. A dedicated team of officers have worked hard to gather evidence and intelligence while protecting vulnerable members of the community from those suspected of being involved in serious and organised crime.

“The investigation focused on one influential and established organised crime group in Warrington who are suspected of being involved in the supply of cocaine and cannabis within the local community."

Officers simultaneously visited 19 houses in Warrington, where one woman and 13 men were arrested, Winsford where one man was arrested and Merseyside with a further arrest.

Specialist officers were used to gain entry to the properties and officers are now carrying out detailed searches of all the addresses. Seven firearms were also recovered and taken out of circulation.

Detective Superintendent Duggan added: “Today’s action can only continue if people keep coming forward with information to help us tackle serious and organised crime. I encourage anyone who has any information about organised crime activity in their community, to do the right thing and report it to us.”

Anyone who wishes to pass on information anonymously can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.