Op Merlin – arrests for drug supply, money laundering and GBH

Officers in North and West Cumbria carried out a series of warrants and other proactive action this week targeting those suspected of involvement in criminality, as well as wanted individuals.

The activity was undertaken on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (19 – 21 June) and formed part of the ongoing Operation Merlin.

The operation resulted in 11 arrests for offences including grievous bodily harm, burglary, criminal damage and assault.

Meanwhile individuals wanted for breaching court orders and failing to answer bail were also arrested.

Misuse of Drugs Act warrants were also executed at two addresses in Workington on Monday as part of Operation Merlin, resulting in three arrests on suspicion of offences including money laundering, theft and possession with intent to supply cocaine.

Superintendent Sarah Jones said: “We are regularly undertaking Op Merlin operations to sweep up those who mistakenly believe they can breach court orders or ignore the terms of their bail with impunity, whilst also targeting those people who are wanted for serious offending including violent assaults and burglary.

“We are also taking the opportunity to use the intelligence we gather – often with help from the public – to target those involved in serious organised crime including the supply of Class A drugs.

“Such activity will continue a pace in the weeks ahead. We urge those who walk the streets knowing they are wanted to hand themselves in before officers arrive at their door.”

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