Police carried out a total of 13 raids in the last two weeks in the city centre of Manchester. The operation, codenamed ‘Operation Download’, was launched for several violent disputes which are related to criminal groups and cannabis farms.
Officers executed a number of warrants around the city last weeks. At one of these warrants, police recovered over 170 plants at an address in Crumpsall. Officers found over 70 kilos of cannabis at a property on Huntley Road as a part of the operation.
Detective Inspector Paul Crompton, of GMP’s City of Manchester North division, said: “This targeted action comes after an increase in violent disputes between rival groups that we believe concerns cannabis farms in north Manchester.”
“We are aiming to take out as many of these cannabis farms as we possibly can. Part of our crackdown is about us working with Manchester City Council and relevant local partners to develop an understanding of how these groups are managing to use properties in the city to carry out this alleged activity.”
“The local community understandably has strong concerns about such activity and this operation is also to reassure them that we are listening and that we are taking robust action.”