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North West ROCU arrest over 544 people and seized over 4500kg of drugs

The North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU), working with North West Police Forces and partners have made more than 544 arrests and seized over 4500 kilograms of drugs during the past 12 months (April 2018 – end March 2019).

The NWROCU are responsible for tackling serious and organised crime across the North West region, managing the threat posed from crime types such as firearms supply, county drugs lines, child sexual exploitation, cybercrime and modern day slavery.

In 2018/19, NWROCU officers, working with North West forces and partners, arrested over 544 people, secured jail sentences of over 2080 years, recovered 45 firearms, and seized over 560 kilograms of Class A drugs and just under 4000 kilograms of Class B drugs.

More than £28 million has also been confiscated by the unit from convicted criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Officers use a range of specialist tactics and work closely alongside police forces and partner agencies to disrupt dangerous offenders operating across Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside and North Wales.

Emily Higham, Head of the Regional Organised Crime Unit, said: “It’s been a really successful year for the North West ROCU in our fight against serious and organised crime across the region.

“We’re here to help take down the most serious, hardened and organised criminals who pose the more serious threat to our communities. Thanks to the hard work of our officers, officers within the North West police forces and our partner agencies, a large number of prolific criminals will be spending time behind bars and we’ve taken a significant quantities of drugs and illegal firearms off the streets.

“We’re looking forward to continuing our mission to protect the communities within the North West from serious and organised crime in 2019.”

Figures are from 1 April 2018 –end March 2019.

Values Cheshire Cumbria GMP Lancashire Merseyside North Wales > 1 North West Force Out of region Grand Total
Arrests 32 37 117 30 112 12 177 27 544

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