Nine charged after dawn drugs raids by police

TWELVE people were arrested in Leigh during a series of drugs raids at dawn.

The co-ordinated strikes at 13 homes involved more than 80 officers in a bid to combat those suspected of drug dealing in the Leigh area.

Ten men and two women were detained for offences which included possession of class A and B drugs with intent to supply when class A drugs and drugs paraphernalia were recovered among various items of evidence as search warrants were executed.

Det Chief Insp Howard Millington from Wigan CID said: “Cracking down on drugs in our communities is a big priority for GMP and I hope today shows the people of Leigh just how seriously we are committed to this cause.

“Drugs are a major driving force behind many other crimes such as burglary, robbery and vehicle crime. Today’s strikes will have caused significant disruption to the users and suppliers of illegal drugs. With the public’s help, this work will continue.”

n Nine people have been charged following the raids and appeared at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates Court where they were remanded in custody until July July 3.

They are: charged with supplying Class A drugs and conspiracy to supply Class A drugs – Liam Mountford , 25, of Glebe Street; Nigel McDonough, 24, of Stringer Street; Carl Orrell , 45, of Bond Street; Daniel O’Brien, 45, of Cecil Street; charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs - Stephen Owen, 36, of Findlay Street; David Conlin , 23, of Siddow Common; April Walker, 43, of Heddles Court; Lee Jones, 44, of Keble Grove; charged with supplying Class A drugs - Joseph O’Rourke, 32, of Siddow Common.