Eight charged after police seize £4million of mephedrone in Greater Manchester raids

By Paddy von Behr

Eight people will appear in court this morning charged with various drug offences, following the seizure of  £3.8million worth of mephedrone in a series of raids across Greater Manchester on Wednesday.

In the largest UK operation of its kind, officers raided 11 addresses across the region in connection with the online sale of the drug from a unit in Bolton.

Paula White, 44, of Stafford Road, Monton, and Netta Hymanson, 62, of Circular Road, Prestwich, are charged with conspiracy to supply class A, class B and class C drugs and two counts of money laundering.

They have both been remanded in custody and will appear at Bolton magistrates’ court on Friday.

The remaining six have been charged with conspiracy to supply class A, class B and class C drugs and have all been bailed.

Aaron White, 21, and Christian White, 37, of Croft Street, Salford, and Ian Mercer, 45, of Birch Road, Walkden, will also appear in front of magistrates on Friday.

They will be joined by Michaela Doyle, 42, of Tenbury Close, Salford, Sheena Jessop, 45, of Grants Lane, Ramsbottom and Rudi Chiu, 24, of Masson Place, Hornbeam Way.

A woman, aged 29, who was arrested on suspicion of supply of controlled drugs and money laundering has been bailed pending further enquiries.

The raids were executed across Bolton, Bury, North Manchester and Salford, with police making 12 initial arrests.

Officers are investigating the sale of approximately 313 kilograms of mephedrone through an online website called

Information can be passed on to the police directly though the non-emergency number, 101, or contacting the Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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