Updated: Monday, 17th February 2020 @ 2:59pm

Cannabis farms and cash seized as police arrest ten in raids to battle Manchester's 'long-term' drug problem

Cannabis farms and cash seized as police arrest ten in raids to battle Manchester's 'long-term' drug problem

By Glen Keogh

Cannabis farms and thousands of pounds in cash were discovered by police in raids on ten homes in Openshaw yesterday.

Police arrested ten people in the hunt on Wednesday and Thursday following the issue of drug warrants.

The seven men and three women from Openshaw were all arrested on suspicion of drug offences.

Inspector Neil McClure said: “Drug dealing and drugs related crime, such as burglary, robbery and vehicle crime, is a long term issue for Manchester.

“The vast majority of people living in Openshaw are law-abiding members of the community and we would urge those people to continue to report suspicious activity so that we act on it.”

Three cannabis farms were discovered and destroyed and around £3,500 was seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The arrested, all from Openshaw, were: 43-year-old Brian Mulligan of Hovis Street for cultivating cannabis; an 18-year-old man, a 46-year-old man and a 45-year-old woman for being in possession of drugs with intent to supply and burglary; a 22-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman for cultivating cannabis; a 40-year-old man for possession of Class A drugs; a 16-year-old man cautioned for theft and a 42-year-old woman was released without charge.

Anyone with information about those involved in drug-related activity in their area should call police on 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Those seeking help for drugs abuse can call the drugs treatment service free on 0161 253 6488.

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