TWO south Sefton men have been arrested and charged after police seized around £49,000 in cash during three separate drugs raids.
The investigation is part of a national effort to crackdown on the use of encrypted mobile devices, commonly referred to as ‘encrochat’, and how gangs will use them to sell drugs.
Jonathan McKeown, 35, of Marlborough Road, Waterlo, Craig Murray, 40, of Simonscroft, Netherton and Ashley Moorcroft, 32, of Halsnead, Wavertree, were all arrested on Thursday, May 6 on suspicion of conspiracy to import and supply Class A drugs.
Around £13,000 and a kilo of cannabis was seized at the address in Waterloo; £30,000 cash was recovered from the search in Netherton and around £6,000 cash, Rolex watches and an Audi Q7 were seized from the address in Wavertree.
Detective Inspector Lee Wilkinson said: “These arrests comes as part of a national investigation into the use of encrypted mobile devices, commonly referred to as encrochat, and drug supply across the UK.
“We will continue with our work because we know the impact that drug supply, its associated criminality and the people responsible for importing it has on the communities of Merseyside.
“We cannot do this without the help of the public and would urge anyone with information on the supply of drugs or individuals involved in serious and organised crime, to please get in touch, either directly through us or through Crimestoppers, completely anonymously.”