One of the biggest drug hauls in Greater Manchester Police’s history saw £20million worth of Class A narcotics removed from the streets of Bury this week.
Five people remain in police custody after a series of raids resulted in 30 kilos of heroin and 30 kilos of amphetamine being seized – the estimated street value of these drugs is up to £20million.
The four men and one woman were arrested on suspicion of supplying Class A drugs and officers are hailing the positive impact this haul will have on across Bury and the wider Greater Manchester.
Superintendent Karan Lee, based at Bury, said: “This shows the people of Bury that we do not tolerate organised criminality here and, when the time is right, we will strike at the heart of these crime groups and we will keep coming.
“These arrests are the result of continuous painstaking work by officers and I trust that this will reassure the communities of Bury that we take decisive action against drug dealers, we all need to fight against the misery caused by drug dealers, both with the vulnerable people that become addicts and the victims of crime from associated offending.
“I am very aware of the impact that these seizures may have on the users of drugs in the area and if there are people out there that are dependant on drugs and they are ready to seek help and advice, please contact your local drug treatment services.”
The haul is almost seven times the amount of heroin recovered by GMP in the last three years, and results for half of the entire force’s drug seizures in the same time period.
The colossal amount will impact on the cost of street prices, which have more than doubled for certain drugs in the past three years thanks to a series of police operations.
Anybody with any information about drug dealing in their area should contact GMP on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.