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Saturday, 20 September 2014

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Police seize £3k ‘heroin’ haul in drugs network crackdown in South Cumbria

MORE than £3,000 of suspected heroin has been seized by police.

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HAUL Bags of heroin found as part of Operation Axe

The discovery was made by police as they swooped on a car at the former Greenodd services.

A package, containing 75g of a substance police believe to be heroin, was seized from the vehicle at around 7.30pm on Friday.

A 56-year-old man, from Liverpool, was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply heroin.

The man was released on bail until yesterday while the substance was analysed by experts.

It is believed the suspected drugs are worth anywhere from £3,500 to £6,000 based on a street price in the region of £50 to £80 per gramme.

The discovery came just a day after a suspected £18,000 heroin haul was seized from Parker Street, in Barrow.

Lynne Corkhill, 55, of Oxford Street, Barrow, and Mark Goulding, 49, of Parker Street, Barrow, were charged with being concerned in the supply of heroin between May 1 and June 13. The pair have not entered pleas and will appear before Preston Crown Court on August 29.

Already this year police have made substantial discoveries of heroin with a total of £25,000 of the drug seized as it was primed to hit Barrow’s streets.

The ongoing Operation Axe got under way in December 2012 and aims to disrupt the drug supply between Barrow and Liverpool.

This year 23 people were jailed for 45 years as a result of the latest operation. A total of £13,205 worth of drugs and £7,585 worth of cash was seized.

Police have urged anyone who witnesses suspicious activity, or has information relating to illegal drugs, to contact police on 101 or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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