Three men have been arrested on suspicion of supplying drugs after a raid on a Merseyside pub.

The operation in Waterloo, Sefton, uncovered large amounts of a substance believed to be cocaine, as well as £45,000 in cash.

The pub was raided on a warrant by officers from Operation Pelican, Merseyside Police said on Twitter.

The news of the arrests was reported on the Twitter account for the force's North Sefton area in the early hours of Sunday (September 19).

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Officers tweeted: "Operation Pelican Officers have tonight arrested three adult males in the Waterloo area for Drug Supply Offences after a warrant was executed at a local pub.

"During this a large amount of suspected cocaine, mixing agent, and approximately £45,000 in cash was recovered."

Operation Pelican was set up in 2017 to tackle drug dealing and violence by gangs in Bootle, Netherton, Litherland and neighbouring communities.

Last month, police released photos giving a glimpse inside the pockets of Merseyside's street dealers after a series of arrests.

Bundles of banknotes were found alongside drugs and other material in the raid
Bundles of banknotes were found alongside drugs and other material in the raid

Patrols swooped on suspected drug runners in Southport and Crosby, taking four men into custody for questioning.

Officers released photos of heroin and crack cocaine split into street deals in tiny bags.

The biggest seizure came following the arrest of a 43-year-old man from Southport.

More than 120 wraps were recovered by police.

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