Working together in Tameside to crackdown on drugs

Date Released - 10/08/2018

PARTNERSHIP working in Tameside has seen drugs removed from the streets.

On Wednesday (8), Greater Manchester Police officers executed warrants at a car wash and a newsagent on Manchester Road, Denton, a shop on Bentinck Street in Ashton and two addresses on Peterborough Close in Denton and Rowantree in Oldham, as part of Operation Ferret.

The co-ordinated action involved partners from Tameside Council, Trading Standards, HMRC and the Gangmaster and Labour Abuse Authority.

A man aged 43 was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs Class A and B, and possession of cannabis.

A man aged 38 was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs Class A and B, and possession of criminal property.

A man aged 35 was arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis with intent to supply and possession of criminal property.

HMRC also seized a large amount of suspected contraband alcohol from both shops.

Detective Sergeant Lisa Devitt said: “We are committed to systematically rooting out and dismantling groups that seek to profit from flooding our streets with drugs.

“Drugs blight communities and ruin lives. We now have three people in custody as a result of the hard work of our dedicated officers, together with the support of our partner agencies.

“I want to thank our local communities, as without them working with us and reporting these crimes, we couldn’t have carried out such an extensive operation.

“These raids show how committed we are to eradicating drugs from our streets. However, I would continue to urge people to report any suspicious activity to police so that we can stop criminals benefitting from organised crime and drug supply.

“Our message is simple: If you know about it - report it.

“Drugs and the organised crime their supply is associated with have no place on the streets of Greater Manchester.”

Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council’s Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “This is an excellent example of partnership working that has resulted in drugs being removed from our streets and three arrests being made.

“There is no place in Tameside for illegal substances and Tameside Council is committed to working with partner agencies to prevent drugs blighting communities. Please report any suspicious activity to the police so that together we can stop the supply of drugs.”

Anyone with information on drugs supply should contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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