A cross-border operation to clamp down on organised drug crime has carried out raids in Scotland.

Officers from North Wales Police led the early-morning operation today, which targeted serious and organised criminals across Wales, Merseyside and Scotland.

A total of 24 raids were carried out across the three countries, resulting in 16 arrests.

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Supt Mark Pierce said: "This morning officers from North Wales Police supported by colleagues from Merseyside have executed 24 search warrants across North Wales and in areas of Liverpool and Scotland.

"The purpose of this morning’s coordinated action is to directly target serious and organised crime groups distributing class A drugs throughout our force area and in line with the force’s vision of making North Wales the safest place in the UK.

"Our commitment to keeping our communities safe remains a priority and I’m sure today’s action will reassure many.  I’d like to thank the communities in Flintshire, Conwy, Anglesey, Liverpool and Scotland for their patience, understanding and support whilst the operation unfolds.

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"Distribution of controlled drugs will not be tolerated and we will continue to take positive, robust action, however we can’t tackle this alone and key to all our work is intelligence. "

Anyone with information can contact police via 101. 

Alternatively they can contact via an online portal here or anonymously by phoning Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.