Drug Raids In Greater Manchester.
27 March 2013, 12:16
Officers have seized millions of pounds worth of drugs, and arrested 23 people in raids.
It is all part of an operation to target suspected criminals involved in the trafficking and supply of large amounts of Class A drugs.
In Greater Manchester, 11 warrants were executed and 12 people, nine men and three women, have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and money laundering and remain in police custody for questioning.
A further 11 arrests were made in the Cleveland area.
The warrants in Greater Manchester took place across the Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside areas and follows months of work by the two Forces to target those suspected of being involved in the Class A drugs trade.
In the last 12 months, the Oldham Organised Crime Team have made a number of arrests and recovered up to a quarter of a million pounds in cash and drugs and mixing agents worth more than £3m.
Chief Superintendent Catherine Hankinson said: "This action is a response to what residents are telling us time and time again, which is to see these people taken off the streets and stop drugs from causing harm
"We will continue to target criminals who line their pockets by peddling drugs, and using Proceeds of Crime Act legislation we can also seize their assets that all too often are paid for out of drug money.