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Watch: Dawn raids bring total arrests to 17 in large scale operation to demolish North Manchester drug gangs

This week officers from GMPs City of Manchester division have executed warrants across the region as part of ‘Operation Comanche’, an undercover investigation into the supply of class A drugs, namely heroin and crack cocaine, which has been running since July 2021.

17 suspects in total have now been arrested since the investigation began, with eight people including seven men and one woman arrested in dawn raids this morning (30 March 2022), at addresses in Miles Platting, Droylsden and Beswick.

The suspects have been arrested on suspicion of a range of offences including possession with intent to supply class A drugs, money laundering, offering to supply drugs and possession of false ID.

During the raids, a large amount of designer clothing as well as drugs and cash were seized and will be used as evidence. Two large ‘zombie’ knives (pictured) were also found.

Detective Sergeant Dan Pickavance, of GMPs North Manchester CID, said: “Op Comanche has involved a great deal of thorough work and long hours from a dedicated team of officers who have combined undercover tactics and months of close surveillance resulting in this great result from the raids this week.

“The dealers running these drug lines in North Manchester profit from some of the most vulnerable people in our society and quite frankly it is disgusting that they are living these luxurious lifestyles buying designer clothes, jewellery  and top of the range cars with money made from the misery of others.

“We are determined to make North Manchester a safer and nicer place to live and operations like this are crucial in achieving that goal.

“Drug dealers brazenly promoting their services around the Miles Platting area has become a serious issue and we have stepped up patrols in the area in response to this. It is completely unacceptable and something we will not tolerate. As always, we continue to ask for help from the public as receiving intelligence is crucial in helping us to continue making sure these people who blight our communities face the justice they deserve.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police on 101, or use our online Live Chat service on the GMP website.

Alternativley, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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