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30 March 2011, 13:49
Sixteen people have been arrested following early morning drugs raids in Oldham.
Police targeted a number of addresses in the dawn raids just after 6am today. This followed a three month investigation into cocaine and heroin dealing.
Fifteen men and one woman were detained on suspicion of drug offences, including possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. More than 100 officers were involved in Operation Rescind.
Chief Superintendent Tim Forber from Greater Manchester Police's Oldham Division told us: "Residents spoke to us and voiced their concerns that class A drug dealing was causing them a problem so we have responded robustly to combat this. Drugs wreck lives and the crime associated with them causes misery to the whole community - so we do everything possible to find out who is responsible and put them before the courts. These arrests are the culmination of hundreds of hours of work by officers and we have used divisional and force resources to gather the intelligence we needed to take this action. It is not a quick process and we thank the community for their patience while we have been building the strongest case possible."