Three jailed after a police operation in Salford

L-R: Grzegorz Marciniak, Pawel Stratzalkowski, Rajfar Marcin Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Three men have been jailed after a police operation to target gun crime in Salford, nicknamed Project Gulf.

Grzegorz Marciniak, Pawel Stratzalkowski and Rajfar Marcin have been sentenced to 77 years in prison between them.

They were first arrested following a search by police at a property on Knutsford Street in Salford, as part of an investigation to target organised crime and drug dealing

Police seized a firearm, silencer and ammunition wrapped in a towel in the kitchen, a large quantity of Cannabis, Amphetamine and a Cannabis farm.

Evidence found in a police raid Credit: Greater Manchester Police

The men were remanded into custody and later charged.

Detective Sergeant Colin Shakleton of GMP’s Serious and Organised Crime Group said:

This operation was launched to target the criminals who use guns and drugs to instil fear and cause misery in our communities. Seizing these weapons means that we have stopped them from falling into dangerous hands and causing further misery.

Detective Sergeant Colin Shakleton

He added; "We will continue our work to make our streets safer with the support of our partners, and of the public, who have supported us to get to where we are today.”

Evidence found in a police raid Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Grzegorz Marciniak, 39, of Deacons Drive in Salford pleaded guilty to three firearms offences, two counts of conspiracy to supply class B drugs and conspiracy to supply Cannabis and Amphetamine. He sentenced to 23 years in prison.

Rajfar Marcin, 36, of Knutsford Street in Salford pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Cannabis and Amphetamine. He sentenced to five years and four months in prison.

They were both sentenced on Monday 7th August 2017 at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square.

Pawel Strazalkowski, 36, pleaded guilty to possession of a false identity document with improper intention and possession with intent to supply class A drugs. He was sentenced on 16th March 2017, and he received four years six months in prison.