Seizure of up to £1million of cocaine in Manchester drug raids will ‘significantly dent criminal activity’, insist police

By Dean Wilkins

Around £1million of cocaine and mixing agents were seized during a series of drug raids across Greater Manchester today in a bid to clampdown on criminal activity that is tearing some communities apart.

Officers executed 13 house raids this morning in Stockport, Cheadle, Heaton Norris, Heaton Morris and Bredbury and one home in North Wales.

And huge amounts of cocaine and mixing powder Benzocaine were discovered at the homes – up to £500,000 was seized from one address.

Inspector Steve Dix, said: “This is a significant recovery and has come about as a result of months of investigative work and planning.

“Bringing to justice those who blight our communities by peddling drugs is an absolute priority for officers across Stockport and today’s seizure will significantly dent the activities and ambitions of those involved in such activity.”

Seven men and three women have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and remain in police custody for questioning.

Police also recovered several cars, including a BMW X5 and Renault Laguna, during the raids and are appealing to the public to help them stamp out drug dealing in the area.

“If anyone has any information about those involved in the sale and supply of drugs I would urge them to contact the police in absolute confidence,” Inspector Dix added.

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