Greater Manchester drugs crackdown continues as eight arrested in dawn raids across Bury

By James Scott

A series of dawn raids saw eight people arrested this morning as the crackdown on Bury’s drug trade continued.

Shortly after 6am police raided seven homes in Radcliffe, Bury and Ramsbottom as part of an ongoing fight against the supply of Class A drugs.

Chief Superintendent Caroline Ball, Bury’s divisional commander, insisted the latest arrests were just a small part of their continued push to tackle the town’s drug trade.

“We continue to target those concerned in the sale and supply of Class A drugs across Bury,” said Chief Superintendent Ball.

“I hope these arrests, and those over the last year, show the community we are committed in our fight against organised crime.

“Drugs can have a huge effect on the community whether that’s through burglary, robbery or vehicle crime, so cracking down on them is a priority.

“By taking these dealers off the streets we can disrupt the sale of illegal drugs as well as seizing their assets which is then put back into the community through the Proceeds of Crime Act.”

The warrants were issued in the wake of numerous police operations across the last year which saw over 60 people arrested and charged with 160 drug offences.

During the campaign Greater Manchester Police have seized 30 kilos of heroin, 30 kilos of amphetamine and nearly a kilo of cocaine in Bury, as well as £120,000.

This morning’s raids were watched by the Mayor, Councillor Joan Grimshaw, who was invited along to witness first-hand the efforts to stop illegal drugs activity in the borough.

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

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