ECHO investigation: why Mersey criminals set up business on the continent - Liverpool Local News - News - Liverpool Echo: "IF you ever want to see the world, join Merseyside Police... It is not a line you will see in the police recruitment literature – when they were recruiting before the recent cuts – but a commonly-held opinion among those tasked with catching the region’s criminals.
Only two forces in the UK, Merseyside and the Met, have “level three capability” – the ability to fight organised crime on an international level.
It is a necessary tool in the fight against crime, as recent arrests right across Europe show.
Within the last six months, more than 45 Merseysiders were arrested on the continent or its surrounding islands for drugs.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Merseyside crooks pioneered what would later become international drug-dealing networks and came to be known by the authorities as the “Liverpool Cartel”.
They were the first to take a risk and go to countries which were the hub of drug production to forge direct links, cutting out the middle man and netting themselves tidy sums."
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