Twelve arrested in dawn drug raids

A suspect is led away after one of Leigh's drug raids
A suspect is led away after one of Leigh's drug raids
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A DOZEN people were arrested in a co-ordinated series of dawn drugs raids.

More than 80 officers were involved in strikes on 13 homes and against those suspected of drug dealing in the Leigh area.

A total of 10 men and two women were detained for offences including possession of class A and B drugs with intent to supply.

Search warrants issued under the Misuse of Drugs Act were executed and items of evidence were recovered including class A drugs and drugs paraphernalia.

Over the past few months, officers have been acting on intelligence and building evidence against those who are suspected of street drug dealing, culminating in today’s warrants.

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, and that is why we are determined to root out all those involved in this trade.

“Today’s strikes have taken months in the planning and will have caused significant disruption to the users and suppliers of illegal drugs in this area. With the public’s help, this work will continue.”