More than 70 kilos of Class A drugs have been seized and three suspects charged after an investigation by a specialist crime team from the National Crime Agency and Merseyside Police.

Officers from the Merseyside Organised Crime Partnership searched a property in Thatto Heath in St Helens on Tuesday night and recovered around 45 kilos of heroin.

Heroin Edwards Carroll Sutherland

Officers also seized around 28 kilos of suspected heroin from an address in Huyton.

The drugs have a street value of around £7m.

Three men have now been charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. Eric Edwards, 41, of Dickens Street, St Helens and Anthony Carroll, 38, of Deepfield Drive, Huyton, are expected to appear at Wirral Magistrates’ Court today, and Anthony Sutherland, 46, of Moorcroft Road, Huyton, is due to appear at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court.

A 49-year old woman has been released under investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Speight said: “We have successfully removed a large quantity of dangerous drugs from a crime group depriving them of profits that would be ploughed back into further offending.

“These drugs are hugely damaging to our communities, they go hand in hand with organised criminals bringing intimidation, violence and fear into our neighbourhoods. 

“We will not tolerate drugs and the OCP will take action to make Merseyside a safer place to live.

“I would urge anyone who has any information about who is supplying or selling drugs to contact us so we can continue to remove any drugs from streets across Merseyside.” 

If you have any information on the possession, storage or use of drugs and weapons in your community, please contact the social media desk on Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at Give information | Crimestoppers (crimestoppers-uk.org). Always call 999 if a crime is in progress.

The OCP has the principal objective of protecting the public by stopping the flow of firearms and drugs into Merseyside’s criminal markets and County Lines networks.

The OCP is funded by Project Adder – Government money for targeted drugs enforcement combined with enhanced treatment and recovery services.