Crack­down tar­gets ‘new gen­er­a­tion’

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

OP­ER­A­TION Toad­stool is the latest po­lice crack­down on deal­ing in Mac­cles­field.

It was launched af­ter po­lice claimed a ‘new gen­er­a­tion’ of deal­ers had found new ways of ped­alling nar­cotics by run­ning mo­bile oper­a­tions from cars.

De­tec­tives said that crim­i­nals took a more mo­bile ap­proach to deal­ing fol­low­ing the suc­cess of Op­er­a­tion Dizi in 2013 and Op­er­a­tion Dres­den in 2014.

Those oper­a­tions tack­led the sup­ply of drugs into the town af­ter de­tec­tives be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing links with the drugs trade in Mac­cles­field and sup­pli­ers in Mersey­side.

Sergeant Si­mon Degg, who was in charge of Op­er­a­tion Toad­stool, said: “This has had a huge im­pact on drug deal­ing in Mac­cles­field and caused con­sid­er­able dis­rup­tion.

“The aim of the op­er­a­tion was to make the lives of street deal­ers par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult and show the com­mu­nity that we are here.

“The op­er­a­tion was a plain clothed op­er­a­tion through­out the whole of Mac­cles­field Town, which was led by in­tel­li­gence pro­vided by the public via their PCSOs, Crimestop­pers and 101 calls.

“It will be res­ur­rected in the fu­ture.”

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