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A total of 13 people have been arrested across the UK this week as part of a joint force operation targeting drug supply into Wrexham and Glasgow by a suspected local organised crime group (OCG).
Operation Galaxy saw North Wales Police working with Police Scotland, Cheshire Constabulary, Merseyside Police, Greater Manchester Police, and the Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) to execute a number of warrants as part of an ongoing investigation into a suspected drugs conspiracy.
Around 120 officers were involved in the five-month long operation that took place over two days on Tuesday, February 14th and Thursday, February 16th.
A total of 15 properties were targeted in areas including in Wrexham, Glasgow, Merseyside, Cheshire and Manchester, where quantities of drugs, cash and mobile phones were seized.
In total, 13 men have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs.
12 have now been charged, and will appear at court tomorrow morning (18/02).
Assistant Chief Constable, Chris Allsop said: “This week’s targeted work as part of Operation Galaxy shows how police forces across the UK and Northwest Regional Organised Crime Unit are working together to dismantle suspected organised crime groups.
“The number of arrests made as part of the investigation this week is testament to this and highlights to the public our absolute determination to rid our communities of drug crime.
“A quantity of drugs has been taken off our streets this week thanks to the work of all officers involved in this investigation.
“Every single successful police operation makes our streets safer and dismantling organised crime gangs operating in North Wales and removing drugs from our streets will continue to be a priority for our force.”
North Wales Police Chief Inspector Stephen Roberts said: “I would like to extend my thanks to all the officers from all forces who have helped make this operation a success.
“By sharing intelligence and working together, we have been able to carry out a significant investigation into a suspected local organised crime group, believed to be supplying drugs from Wrexham as far as Glasgow.
“Protecting the communities of Wrexham and further afield is of paramount importance to me and to the force, and this operation is a tremendous example of what can be achieved when forces work together with help from the public.
“Drugs cause misery to so many people’s lives, they have no place in our communities and I am extremely happy that we have been able to make these arrests.
“We will continue to work to remove as many drugs from our streets as we can.”