Kilos of Class A drugs seized in crackdown: Greater Manchester Police arrest 14 in city-wide bust

By Danielle Wainwright

A huge drugs crackdown by Greater Manchester Police has led to 14 arrests across the city.

Police raided 15 homes just after 6am at addresses in Radcliffe, Whitefield, Bury East and Bolton.

The warrants were issued following months of intelligence gathering and numerous operations in Bury over the last 12 months – resulting in 34 arrests and 120 charges for drug offences.

Twelve of those arrested received prison sentences amounting to 27 years, 11 are awaiting sentencing and 11 await trial.

Police have also seized 30 kilos of heroin, 30 kilos of amphetamine and three quarters of a kilo of cocaine, as well as £120,000 cash in this time.

Bury’s Chief Superintendent Caroline Ball said: “Drugs are a major factor in many other crimes such as burglary, robbery and vehicle crime and so cracking down on those involved is a big priority for us.

“Tackling organised crime in this way not only causes significant disruption to both users and suppliers of illegal drugs.

“It also means they will end up out of pocket as we can seize the assets through the Proceeds of Crime Act and put that cash back into the community.”

Fourteen people were arrested on suspicion of drugs offences including conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. They have been taken into police custody for questioning.

Dozens of officers were involved in the raids, including specialist officers from GMP’s tactical aid and dogs units, as well as divisional officers from Bury.

The raids were watched by several members of the community as well as the Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Lloyd – invited along to witness how police are tackling drugs.

Mr Lloyd said: “This is a welcome example of how the police are keeping up pressure on organised crime, to make it impossible for criminals to operate and bring misery on our communities.

“Inviting local councillors and residents to witness today’s activity highlights how vital it is for the police, partners and the community to stand together to drive crime out of our neighbourhoods.”

Drugs workers are also available throughout the day to offer services to any prisoners that currently use drugs and who may want help to stop.

Anyone with information on drug-related activity in their area should call police in Bury on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Those seeking help for drugs abuse can speak to the drugs treatment service on 0161 253 6488.

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