Major drug bust worth nearly £2M
TUE 22ND, AUG
Detectives from TITAN, the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (NWROCU), have arrested two men following the seizure of 12 kilos of heroin, with an estimated street value of £1.2million, and approximately £530,000 in cash during an Operation on Friday 18 August 2017.
The seizures were made following the execution of warrants at two addresses in Huyton and a third address in Thatto Heath, St Helens. During a search of the address in Thatto Heath officers recovered 12 kilos of heroin and £500,000 in cash. A 52-year-old man Lawrence FLAHERTY from Thatto Heath was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and money laundering. A 56-year-old man Peter BYRNE was also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and money laundering at one of the addresses in Huyton after officers seized approximately £30,000 from the occupants car.
Both men have been taken to police stations on Merseyside where they have been questioned by detectives from TITAN. TITAN Detective inspector Nick Hughes, said: "TITAN is committed to tackling the blight of drugs on our streets and has already had many successes in disrupting the supply of drugs across the North West. We will continue, with the support of police forces across the North West, to target those involved in the supply and distribution of Class A drugs and put them behind bars."
UPDATE, Saturday 19 August: A 56-year-old Peter BYRNE from Huyton has now been charged with money laundering x2. A 52-year-old Lawrence FLAHERTY from Thatto Heath has now been charged with money laundering and possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. Both men are being kept in custody and will appear on Monday 21 August 2017 at Liverpool, Knowsley and St Helens Adult Remand Court, Derby Square.
UPDATE, Monday 21 August: Both Peter BYRNE and Lawrence FLAHERTY appeared in court today and have been remanded in custody. FLAHERTY pleaded guilty to all charges and both will now appear at Liverpool, Knowsley and St Helens Adult Remand Court, Derby Square on 18 September 2017.