20 homes raided in drugs crack­down

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

TWENTY peo­ple have been ar­rested af­ter po­lice launched co-or­di­nated raids aimed at dis­rupt­ing the sup­ply of drugs into Mac­cles­field.

Drugs, in­clud­ing heroin, co­caine and cannabis, as well as large quan­ti­ties of cash were re­cov­ered dur­ing the op­er­a­tion.

Twenty Mac­cles­field prop­er­ties were among the homes tar­geted across three coun­tries on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 16.

A num­ber of weapons were also found dur­ing the raids in Mac­cles­field, Manch­ester and Liver­pool, in­clud­ing a gun which was found at a prop­erty in Mersey­side.

More than 200 po­lice of­fi­cers met at a se­cret lo­ca­tion in Mac­cles­field at 5.30am and had com­pleted the raids by 7.30am in what was de­scribed as one of the largest oper­a­tions un­der­taken by the force.

Po­lice ar­rested 20 peo­ple on sus­pi­cion of sup­ply­ing Class A drugs and con­spir­acy to sup­ply Class A drugs as part of Op­er­a­tion Im­pact. The op­er­a­tion aims to build on pre­vi­ous ef­forts to crack­down on the illegal drugs trade in the town in­clud­ing Op­er­a­tion Dizi in 2013, Op­er­a­tion Dres­den in 2014 and Op­er­a­tion Toad­stool, this year.

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Andy South­cott said: “This has been a care­fully planned and timed strike aimed at dis­rupt­ing and dis­man­tling the drug sup­ply in Mac­cles­field and the wider area, and keep­ing our com­mu­ni­ties safe.

“Our work doesn’t end here and I want to re­as­sure lo­cal peo­ple that our ef­forts con­tinue to fight this men­ace. We are only able to put to­gether such a large scale op­er­a­tion be­cause of in­for­ma­tion and en­gage­ment in the com­mu­nity and that gives us ev­ery piece of the jig­saw. I would like to ap­peal to res­i­dents to con­tinue to have con­fi­dence in us to re­port things like sus­pi­cious cars or neigh- bours liv­ing be­yond their means di­rectly to po­lice, through PCSOs walk­ing by on their street, or through Neigh­bour­hood Watch or Pub­Watch schemes.

“I’d urge any­one with in­for­ma­tion to get in touch on 101.”

Fif­teen peo­ple have ap­peared in court. Another five have been ar­rested, three of them have been bailed pend­ing fur­ther en­quiries while the other two have been re­leased with­out charge.

●● Of­fi­cers gather at a se­cret lo­ca­tion prior to the raid

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