NINE men who were arrested following a series of dawn raids across Chester and the surrounding area have now been charged with conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.

A total of 45 officers executed warrants at addresses in Blacon, Upton, Saughall, Ellesmere Port and Broughton, Flintshire, yesterday (June 29).

The raids were carried out by officers from Chester LPU, with the support of a number of Special Constables, the Impact Unit and officers from the Cheshire and North Wales Armed Policing Alliance.

Following questioning, the nine men have since been charged with two counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs (heroin and crack cocaine).

They have all been remanded in police custody and are set to appear at Warrington Magistrates Court later today.

Cheshire Police have confirmed that they are:

• Ryan Wallace (22) of Whitchurch Road, Chester

• Ashley White (28) of Canalside, Chester

• Bradley Wong (21) of Blacon Point Road

• Ryan Sheppard (23) of Newhall Road, Upton

• Fergus Rideal (21) of Long Lane, Saughall

• Frederick Pendleton (44) of West Street, Chester

• James McLeod (30) of Hillside Road, Chester

• Alex Freeman (21) of HMP Berwyn, Wrexham

• Josseph Birthwright (21) Parkfield Road, Broughton