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International drug gang smashed in dawn raids

21 arrests were made in dawn raids on Manchester drug gang Credit: GMP

Police have arrested 21 people in raids on an international crime gang suspected of flooding Manchester with cocaine.

In a series of dawn raids officers seized a kilo of what they believe to be cocaine with a street value of £100,000, £30,000 in cash as well as two guns, a silencer and ammunition.

18 men and 3 women, many of them Albanian, have been arrested on suspicion of drugs, firearms and immigration offences.

The 17 warrants spread across Manchester, Salford, Trafford and North Wales came after an 8 month long investigation.

The Organised Crime Group we have targeted today lurks in our city's shadows, peddling their drugs and preying on a wide spectrum of people living and visiting the region, many of whom are vulnerable.

– Chief Superintendent Wasim Chaudhry, Divisional Commander for North Manchester,
Operation Loxton took 8 months and involved multiple police units Credit: GMP