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Byline: By LUKE TRAYNOR

A POLICE crackdown against Liverpool dealers smuggling heroin on to the Isle of Man has uncovered pounds 70,000 worth of the drug.

Secret hauls have been regularly found since island detectives declared war on the Merseyside suppliers five months ago.

Twenty-five arrests have been made since March, nearly all Liverpool men, on suspicion of importation, possession with intent to supply and money laundering.

In June, police detained Steven Neil Connolly, 31, from Bootle, and charged him with five offences.

They relate to importing drugs on to the island including one alleged offence of smuggling pounds 20,000 of cannabis.

Connolly was traced to an address in Litherland and now a waits trial.

Recently Glenn Anderson from the Isle of Man was jailed for six years for his part in a plot importing heroin from Liverpool.

The 34-year-old was the link between island dealers and suppliers on Merseyside and was caught importing 88g of heroin worth pounds 8,800.

Det Sgt Allan Thompson from Isle of Man police said: "If people are naive enough to be involved in the importation of drugs to the island we will track them down, arrest them and deal with them appropriately.

"Our unit will not only look at long-term operations to arrest key offenders, it will also examine intelligence on a daily basis and react to anything that is a potential threat to the island."

Members of a Merseyside drug dealing syndicate were recently jailed for a total of 30 years by the Manx courts.

Operation Bacasse caught Martin O'Malley, 30, from Isle of Man, but originally from Merseyside, Steven Hagan, 24, from Bebington, and Martin Maddocks, 31, from Birkenhead.

Nearly all the secret hauls found this year have been discovered hidden internally on Liverpool couriers.

In April, a 35-year-old Anfield man was stopped by police and nine ounces of heroin were found inside his body. He is awaiting trial.

luketraynor@liverpoolecho.co.uk

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 8, 2008
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