Oldham drugs crackdown: Five arrested in police raids, seizing MDMA, ketamine, cannabis and ecstasy tablets

By Marios Papaloizou

Five new arrests were made yesterday in Greater Manchester Police’s continuing crackdown on trafficking and drug supply in Oldham.

Four men and one woman were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

The arrests are a part of an on-going operation which has seen numerous arrests, charges and the seizure of more than a quarter of a million pounds in cash.

More than £3million pounds in drugs and mixing agents were also recovered over the past 12 months.

The Oldham Organised Crime Unit carried out six warrants on July 3 in the Oldham area and a further search of a property in North Manchester.

During the searches officers found ecstasy tablets, ketamine, cannabis and MDMA.

Superintendent Nadeem Butt said: “Residents are telling us they are fed-up with drug dealers using Oldham as a base to peddle harmful drugs and these arrests are just the latest phase in an on-going operation to target those suspected of this sort of criminality.

“We know we have more work to do and we will continue to target criminals who line their pockets by peddling drugs.”

The five arrested have been released on bail pending further enquiries and a further two people have been cautioned for possession of Class B drugs.

The police are asking that anyone with any information contact them on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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