Drug gangs are preparing to flood Merseyside with cocaine and cannabis this week to cash in on Eurovision.
Huge shipments of coke have been transited from South America via Spain.
Cannabis gangs have upped the import of crops in Spain to bring over while Albanians step up production in the UK.
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It’s all aimed at the huge influx of tourists at the showpiece at Liverpool Arena on Saturday (May 13). Underworld sources say middle-level dealers will use teenage peddlers on bikes to target tourists on town centre streets.
Areas heavily populated by bars like Concert Square and the iconic Matthew Street are seen as prime targets with 100,000 visitors expected to descend.
One dealer told the Daily Star Sunday: “There’ll be tourists coming from Europe and the rest of the world wanting to party and make the most of Liverpool’s nightlife and there’ll be plenty after drugs."
Merseyside Police have held a string of high-level meetings on how to stop tourists being targeted and harassed by dealers.
Liverpool City council want nothing to tarnish the city’s reputation but are concerned that criminals will try and spoil the party.
Police will have the power to issue dispersal orders forcing dealers or anti-social yobs out of the area for 48 hours.
They’re also rolling out ‘You’re Safe Here’ spaces ahead of the big event as they look to reassure the public – especially those in the LGBQT community.
Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Emily Spurell said: "Anybody who may be feeling vulnerable, feeling anxious, maybe has been harassed or intimidated in someway they just need somewhere to go where they can be safe and get some peace and quiet and get someone who can get them in contact with the police or other emergency services.
"It’s just about recognising the role organisations and venues in the city centre can play in how they can best support individuals who are in that position."
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