Eight arrests in class A drugs supply crackdown in Greater Manchester

Police have arrested eight people after executing warrants early this morning in connection with an investigation into the supply of class A drugs in Tameside.

Officers attended eight addresses before dawn today (Thursday 19 November 2020) in Hyde, Ashton-under-Lyne, Stalybridge, Openshaw, Bolton and Rossendale (Lancashire).

Seven men – aged between 22 and 54 – and a 54-year-old woman were all taken to custody on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs. They remain there for questioning by detectives.

 One of the men – aged 30 – is also being held on suspicion of the cultivation of cannabis.

 As part of the warrants, officers seized a substantial amount of class A drugs – including crack cocaine and a quarter kilo of heroin – cash, and a cannabis farm.

 Further evidence was seized as part of detectives’ ongoing enquiries into the investigation – codenamed Headland, which began in March 2020 after reports of class A drug dealings in the district.

 Detective Sergeant Ian Parker, from Operation Challenger which tackles serious and organised crime, said:

  • Anyone with information about the supply of drugs should contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.