TWO men and one woman have been charged for their involvement in the large scale supply of controlled drugs in Cheshire.

Operation Caiman was a pro-active investigation conducted by Cheshire Police into the illegal supply of class A drugs in Widnes.

Terence Cowan, aged 23, and Rebecca Shepard, aged 23, both from McKeagney Gardens, Widnes, and Michael Bennett, aged 33, from Sandstone Drive, Prescot, were arrested on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, after police raided addresses in Widnes and Liverpool.

Cowan and Shepard were arrested at their home address and a significant quantity of controlled drugs was recovered.

Bennett was arrested at his home address in Liverpool.

A further police raid at another address in Widnes resulted in the recovery of more class A drugs, a firearm and ammunition.

Bennett and Cowan have been charged with conspiracy to supply controlled drugs and possession of the firearm. Shepard has been charged with conspiracy to supply controlled drugs.

All three are due to appear at Runcorn Magistrates Court today.

Cheshire Police is urging anyone in the community who knows individuals who are involved in the supply of drugs to pass on whatever information they have to the police by calling 101 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.