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Ten arrests in drug raids in Rochdale

Police battering down a door during raids in Rochdale Photo: GMP

Ten men have been arrested in raids as part of an operation to crackdown on drug dealing in Rochdale.

Police raided nine addresses just after 6am on Wednesday 2 April 2014.

Officers from Rochdale’s neighbourhood policing teams launched the operation, codenamed Operation Rakanda in response to community concerns about street drug dealing.

GMP officers attending a briefing ahead of the drug raids in Rochdale Credit: GMP

More than 70 officers took part in the raid.

Superintendent Alistair Mallen from Rochdale Division said:

Today shows that the desire to rid our communities of the blight of drugs is continuous and we will go back and keep tackling the issue in the same area as many times as necessary until the problem is dealt with.

“This operation has taken months of intricate planning and dedication by a large team of officers from across the Force.

“Communities have told us that they want drugs and drug dealing tackled across the borough and I hope that today’s action highlights how seriously we take these crimes.

“It also sends a message out that we will not let people profit from spreading their misery in our neighbourhoods and we will continue to use all the powers and resources available to put people before the courts.

– Superintendent Alistair Mallen , GMP

Watch Greater Manchester Police's video about the raids below.