Dawn raids in Bolton and Prestwich as police investigate £300 million drug conspiracy

Dawn raids as police investigate £300 million drug conspiracy

Police on the drug raids this morning

Police on the drug raids this morning

Police on the drug raids this morning

Police on the drug raids this morning

Police on the drug raids this morning

Police on the drug raids this morning

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EIGHT people have been arrested in a series of dawn raids by police investigating a £300 million drug conspiracy.

Cash and drugs were seized when the homes were raided in Bolton, Prestwich, Salford and Altrincham in the early hours of this morning.

Eight men have been arrested on suspicion of drugs trafficking offences and three women on suspicion of possessing class B drugs.

The raids were carried out by Titan, the north west’s regional crime unit.

Det Supt Jason Hudson, Titan’s head of operations, said: “The co-ordinated arrests this morning come as a result of an intensive and painstaking 12-month-long investigation by my team.

“Our actions have delivered a massive blow against the organised criminals operating in the Manchester and north west region, and we continue to send a strong message to others involved in this type of crime that we will act on information we receive and we will be knocking on your door.

“We remain committed to tackling those involved in drugs offences by dismantling their hierarchies and putting those involved before the courts.

“I would urge decent, law-abiding members of the community who have information about criminality where they live to share that information with their local police force or Crimestoppers so that positive action can be taken.”

Police have not revealed the addresses where the raids took place or how many people were arrested at each of the addresses.

Anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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1:58pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Jerry cruncher says...

Class B drugs?? So they've been nicking weed dealers again..
Class B drugs?? So they've been nicking weed dealers again.. Jerry cruncher
  • Score: -5

2:08pm Wed 2 Jul 14

allan111111 says...

Bolton news exaggerating the story again
Bolton news exaggerating the story again allan111111
  • Score: -8

2:47pm Wed 2 Jul 14

wsw69 says...

Seize all their assets, flog em off and put 100% of the proceeds back into the police coffers.

I almost forgot, shoot the ones arrested, and in that I include the females who ALWAYS seem to get off lightly for some reason.
Seize all their assets, flog em off and put 100% of the proceeds back into the police coffers. I almost forgot, shoot the ones arrested, and in that I include the females who ALWAYS seem to get off lightly for some reason. wsw69
  • Score: 42

3:15pm Wed 2 Jul 14

aardwolf says...

Jerry cruncher wrote:
Class B drugs?? So they've been nicking weed dealers again..
hopefully
[quote][p][bold]Jerry cruncher[/bold] wrote: Class B drugs?? So they've been nicking weed dealers again..[/p][/quote]hopefully aardwolf
  • Score: 22

3:19pm Wed 2 Jul 14

ClassyGal says...

All that for cannabis? The one Drug that No one has ever died from? A plant.. Get with the times and follow suit with the rest of the world and legalise it and concentrate on arresting criminals
All that for cannabis? The one Drug that No one has ever died from? A plant.. Get with the times and follow suit with the rest of the world and legalise it and concentrate on arresting criminals ClassyGal
  • Score: -25

4:08pm Wed 2 Jul 14

wsw69 says...

ClassyGal wrote:
All that for cannabis? The one Drug that No one has ever died from? A plant.. Get with the times and follow suit with the rest of the world and legalise it and concentrate on arresting criminals
Another pillock who thinks that cannabis does no harm. Yes, all that for cannabis. The reason being that under UK law it's an illegal substance. Obviously you can't grasp that, most likely due to your brain be f**ked due to a load of cannabis.

Just because many countries have it legalised doesn't make it safe.
[quote][p][bold]ClassyGal[/bold] wrote: All that for cannabis? The one Drug that No one has ever died from? A plant.. Get with the times and follow suit with the rest of the world and legalise it and concentrate on arresting criminals[/p][/quote]Another pillock who thinks that cannabis does no harm. Yes, all that for cannabis. The reason being that under UK law it's an illegal substance. Obviously you can't grasp that, most likely due to your brain be f**ked due to a load of cannabis. Just because many countries have it legalised doesn't make it safe. wsw69
  • Score: 16

4:31pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Hectoriva says...

wsw69 wrote:
ClassyGal wrote:
All that for cannabis? The one Drug that No one has ever died from? A plant.. Get with the times and follow suit with the rest of the world and legalise it and concentrate on arresting criminals
Another pillock who thinks that cannabis does no harm. Yes, all that for cannabis. The reason being that under UK law it's an illegal substance. Obviously you can't grasp that, most likely due to your brain be f**ked due to a load of cannabis.

Just because many countries have it legalised doesn't make it safe.
In the initial quotes defence, cigarettes and alcohol are far worse than cannabis but they are acceptable because they are taxable. If we went to a country that had made alcohol & cigarettes illegal we would be insulting their judiciary system saying there's nothing wrong with a bit of vodka & a few cigs. I'm not Pro cannabis but find it hard to see the damage alcohol does to our bodies, our lives and our NHS and then read comments like this.
[quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ClassyGal[/bold] wrote: All that for cannabis? The one Drug that No one has ever died from? A plant.. Get with the times and follow suit with the rest of the world and legalise it and concentrate on arresting criminals[/p][/quote]Another pillock who thinks that cannabis does no harm. Yes, all that for cannabis. The reason being that under UK law it's an illegal substance. Obviously you can't grasp that, most likely due to your brain be f**ked due to a load of cannabis. Just because many countries have it legalised doesn't make it safe.[/p][/quote]In the initial quotes defence, cigarettes and alcohol are far worse than cannabis but they are acceptable because they are taxable. If we went to a country that had made alcohol & cigarettes illegal we would be insulting their judiciary system saying there's nothing wrong with a bit of vodka & a few cigs. I'm not Pro cannabis but find it hard to see the damage alcohol does to our bodies, our lives and our NHS and then read comments like this. Hectoriva
  • Score: 16

4:45pm Wed 2 Jul 14

pondis says...

The point isn't the fact that its cannabis, the point is that criminals are illegally making lots of money out of vulnerable people.
The point isn't the fact that its cannabis, the point is that criminals are illegally making lots of money out of vulnerable people. pondis
  • Score: 22

4:49pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Comment777 says...

Police have not revealed the addresses where the raids took place or how many people were arrested at each of the addresses.


The BN photographer knows at least one of the addresses-
Police have not revealed the addresses where the raids took place or how many people were arrested at each of the addresses. The BN photographer knows at least one of the addresses- Comment777
  • Score: 9

4:53pm Wed 2 Jul 14

SomertonRoadLad says...

I've experienced a 'dawn raid' many times before, but it never involved the police!!
I've experienced a 'dawn raid' many times before, but it never involved the police!! SomertonRoadLad
  • Score: -8

5:31pm Wed 2 Jul 14

doogle1965 says...

wsw69 wrote:
ClassyGal wrote:
All that for cannabis? The one Drug that No one has ever died from? A plant.. Get with the times and follow suit with the rest of the world and legalise it and concentrate on arresting criminals
Another pillock who thinks that cannabis does no harm. Yes, all that for cannabis. The reason being that under UK law it's an illegal substance. Obviously you can't grasp that, most likely due to your brain be f**ked due to a load of cannabis.

Just because many countries have it legalised doesn't make it safe.
medical marijuana here here im all for making it legal it saves lives and helps many ill people do your research no one is a pillock why do you think its being legalised in lots of states because its been proven to help cancer patients and seizures and the list goes on and on and I for one would do anything to help my children and grandchildren with cannabis oil if it to save there life who wouldn't apart from you that is because its still illegal in the uk you would let your kids suffer and die...well not me...
[quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ClassyGal[/bold] wrote: All that for cannabis? The one Drug that No one has ever died from? A plant.. Get with the times and follow suit with the rest of the world and legalise it and concentrate on arresting criminals[/p][/quote]Another pillock who thinks that cannabis does no harm. Yes, all that for cannabis. The reason being that under UK law it's an illegal substance. Obviously you can't grasp that, most likely due to your brain be f**ked due to a load of cannabis. Just because many countries have it legalised doesn't make it safe.[/p][/quote]medical marijuana here here im all for making it legal it saves lives and helps many ill people do your research no one is a pillock why do you think its being legalised in lots of states because its been proven to help cancer patients and seizures and the list goes on and on and I for one would do anything to help my children and grandchildren with cannabis oil if it to save there life who wouldn't apart from you that is because its still illegal in the uk you would let your kids suffer and die...well not me... doogle1965
  • Score: 2

5:35pm Wed 2 Jul 14

howfencow says...

wsw69 wrote:
ClassyGal wrote:
All that for cannabis? The one Drug that No one has ever died from? A plant.. Get with the times and follow suit with the rest of the world and legalise it and concentrate on arresting criminals
Another pillock who thinks that cannabis does no harm. Yes, all that for cannabis. The reason being that under UK law it's an illegal substance. Obviously you can't grasp that, most likely due to your brain be f**ked due to a load of cannabis.

Just because many countries have it legalised doesn't make it safe.
On that basis I do hope you won't be drinking any alcohol this weekend
[quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ClassyGal[/bold] wrote: All that for cannabis? The one Drug that No one has ever died from? A plant.. Get with the times and follow suit with the rest of the world and legalise it and concentrate on arresting criminals[/p][/quote]Another pillock who thinks that cannabis does no harm. Yes, all that for cannabis. The reason being that under UK law it's an illegal substance. Obviously you can't grasp that, most likely due to your brain be f**ked due to a load of cannabis. Just because many countries have it legalised doesn't make it safe.[/p][/quote]On that basis I do hope you won't be drinking any alcohol this weekend howfencow
  • Score: -11

5:49pm Wed 2 Jul 14

artistpaint says...

wsw69.bang on.your reet there.well done police
wsw69.bang on.your reet there.well done police artistpaint
  • Score: 6

5:54pm Wed 2 Jul 14

artistpaint says...

They based xbox zombies on weed heads.lol
They based xbox zombies on weed heads.lol artistpaint
  • Score: 0

6:39pm Wed 2 Jul 14

127001 says...

How come the Police are so violent?

Wouldn't it be better for all concerned if they knocked on the door first dressed in disguise?

Disguises could range from a local councillor to doing the Daz doorstep challenge (the Daz doorstep challenge would be ideal as the possible drug dealer would think it's a drop shipment for a key of coke).

I'm in the wrong job.
How come the Police are so violent? Wouldn't it be better for all concerned if they knocked on the door first dressed in disguise? Disguises could range from a local councillor to doing the Daz doorstep challenge (the Daz doorstep challenge would be ideal as the possible drug dealer would think it's a drop shipment for a key of coke). I'm in the wrong job. 127001
  • Score: 0

6:43pm Wed 2 Jul 14

JustBecause says...

Jerry cruncher wrote:
Class B drugs?? So they've been nicking weed dealers again..
It didn't say what type the men had been arrested for....!

This is clearly high end crime with the cash involved.
[quote][p][bold]Jerry cruncher[/bold] wrote: Class B drugs?? So they've been nicking weed dealers again..[/p][/quote]It didn't say what type the men had been arrested for....! This is clearly high end crime with the cash involved. JustBecause
  • Score: 14

6:45pm Wed 2 Jul 14

artistpaint says...

Drugs arnt a laughing matter they destroy peoples lives and create lots of crime...as for the free daz marketing....
Drugs arnt a laughing matter they destroy peoples lives and create lots of crime...as for the free daz marketing.... artistpaint
  • Score: 14

6:48pm Wed 2 Jul 14

127001 says...

artistpaint wrote:
Drugs arnt a laughing matter they destroy peoples lives and create lots of crime...as for the free daz marketing....
Drug dealers get on my goat too... perhaps it would be better to place the drug dealer on the door and use the battering ram to gain entry that way... 2 stones and all that.
[quote][p][bold]artistpaint[/bold] wrote: Drugs arnt a laughing matter they destroy peoples lives and create lots of crime...as for the free daz marketing....[/p][/quote]Drug dealers get on my goat too... perhaps it would be better to place the drug dealer on the door and use the battering ram to gain entry that way... 2 stones and all that. 127001
  • Score: 12

6:53pm Wed 2 Jul 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

JustBecause wrote:
Jerry cruncher wrote:
Class B drugs?? So they've been nicking weed dealers again..
It didn't say what type the men had been arrested for....!

This is clearly high end crime with the cash involved.
Spot on.

Glad it's not just me who spotted that.

Too much knee-jerking and not enough thinking involved in the comments on here.

Smoking drugs'll do that to you.......
[quote][p][bold]JustBecause[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jerry cruncher[/bold] wrote: Class B drugs?? So they've been nicking weed dealers again..[/p][/quote]It didn't say what type the men had been arrested for....! This is clearly high end crime with the cash involved.[/p][/quote]Spot on. Glad it's not just me who spotted that. Too much knee-jerking and not enough thinking involved in the comments on here. Smoking drugs'll do that to you....... OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: 4

8:31pm Wed 2 Jul 14

laguna says...

ClassyGal wrote:
All that for cannabis? The one Drug that No one has ever died from? A plant.. Get with the times and follow suit with the rest of the world and legalise it and concentrate on arresting criminals
might not have died but it still ruins lives
[quote][p][bold]ClassyGal[/bold] wrote: All that for cannabis? The one Drug that No one has ever died from? A plant.. Get with the times and follow suit with the rest of the world and legalise it and concentrate on arresting criminals[/p][/quote]might not have died but it still ruins lives laguna
  • Score: 5

9:56pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Gman13 says...

ClassyGal wrote:
All that for cannabis? The one Drug that No one has ever died from? A plant.. Get with the times and follow suit with the rest of the world and legalise it and concentrate on arresting criminals
No one has ever died from it!!! If some weed head breaks into my house to feed there habit you can change your dillusional statistic.
[quote][p][bold]ClassyGal[/bold] wrote: All that for cannabis? The one Drug that No one has ever died from? A plant.. Get with the times and follow suit with the rest of the world and legalise it and concentrate on arresting criminals[/p][/quote]No one has ever died from it!!! If some weed head breaks into my house to feed there habit you can change your dillusional statistic. Gman13
  • Score: 12

11:20pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Bobhat007 says...

It's a £300m importation. It's not cannibis. Women may have had that in their possession upon arrest and been charged but if you read it properly people have been charged for importing. Which will mean class A's. Why does everyone turn into an MP when they read a story? Calm down and have a brew
It's a £300m importation. It's not cannibis. Women may have had that in their possession upon arrest and been charged but if you read it properly people have been charged for importing. Which will mean class A's. Why does everyone turn into an MP when they read a story? Calm down and have a brew Bobhat007
  • Score: 5

2:11am Thu 3 Jul 14

mr.mark.c says...

ClassyGal wrote:
All that for cannabis? The one Drug that No one has ever died from? A plant.. Get with the times and follow suit with the rest of the world and legalise it and concentrate on arresting criminals
The Opium poppy is also a plant, Weed smokers crash cars and kill people.
Weed smokers think life is a hoot and destroy lives while living on benefits because its like effort to work.
Weed smokers live in never never land with Peter Pan.
The smell alone makes me sick, the people that smoke it are all scum.
[quote][p][bold]ClassyGal[/bold] wrote: All that for cannabis? The one Drug that No one has ever died from? A plant.. Get with the times and follow suit with the rest of the world and legalise it and concentrate on arresting criminals[/p][/quote]The Opium poppy is also a plant, Weed smokers crash cars and kill people. Weed smokers think life is a hoot and destroy lives while living on benefits because its like effort to work. Weed smokers live in never never land with Peter Pan. The smell alone makes me sick, the people that smoke it are all scum. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 11

9:41am Thu 3 Jul 14

Gore Seer says...

Its About Time We Had A Crackdown On Drugs Companies Their Stealing A Staggering Amount Of Money.
Its About Time We Had A Crackdown On Drugs Companies Their Stealing A Staggering Amount Of Money. Gore Seer
  • Score: 2

11:00am Thu 3 Jul 14

wsw69 says...

Bobhat007 wrote:
It's a £300m importation. It's not cannibis. Women may have had that in their possession upon arrest and been charged but if you read it properly people have been charged for importing. Which will mean class A's. Why does everyone turn into an MP when they read a story? Calm down and have a brew
Spot-on!

The feds can generally only confirm Class B, probably cannabis, as that is fairly easy and less complicated to confirm on-site.

Class A's, almost every time, need forensics to confirm which Class A's have been found.

At £300 million that says it's going to be by far the majority, 99% upwards, of being Class A and probably in the tonnage weight.

The message about drugs quite clearly isn't getting through.

My approach is only **** disillusioned losers use illicit drugs.
[quote][p][bold]Bobhat007[/bold] wrote: It's a £300m importation. It's not cannibis. Women may have had that in their possession upon arrest and been charged but if you read it properly people have been charged for importing. Which will mean class A's. Why does everyone turn into an MP when they read a story? Calm down and have a brew[/p][/quote]Spot-on! The feds can generally only confirm Class B, probably cannabis, as that is fairly easy and less complicated to confirm on-site. Class A's, almost every time, need forensics to confirm which Class A's have been found. At £300 million that says it's going to be by far the majority, 99% upwards, of being Class A and probably in the tonnage weight. The message about drugs quite clearly isn't getting through. My approach is only **** disillusioned losers use illicit drugs. wsw69
  • Score: 8

1:43pm Thu 3 Jul 14

RachaelAD says...

Weed isn't the only Class B drug. It could have been Speed or even Mephedrone.
Weed isn't the only Class B drug. It could have been Speed or even Mephedrone. RachaelAD
  • Score: 3

1:45pm Thu 3 Jul 14

RachaelAD says...

Weed isn't the only class B drug. Amphetamines and Mephedrone are also class B!

I doubt there would be that much money and raiding going into a bit of weed.
Weed isn't the only class B drug. Amphetamines and Mephedrone are also class B! I doubt there would be that much money and raiding going into a bit of weed. RachaelAD
  • Score: 1

9:21pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Babbar Divino says...

wsw69 wrote:
Bobhat007 wrote:
It's a £300m importation. It's not cannibis. Women may have had that in their possession upon arrest and been charged but if you read it properly people have been charged for importing. Which will mean class A's. Why does everyone turn into an MP when they read a story? Calm down and have a brew
Spot-on!

The feds can generally only confirm Class B, probably cannabis, as that is fairly easy and less complicated to confirm on-site.

Class A's, almost every time, need forensics to confirm which Class A's have been found.

At £300 million that says it's going to be by far the majority, 99% upwards, of being Class A and probably in the tonnage weight.

The message about drugs quite clearly isn't getting through.

My approach is only **** disillusioned losers use illicit drugs.
"The feds"? I think you've been watching too much Starsky and Hutch
[quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bobhat007[/bold] wrote: It's a £300m importation. It's not cannibis. Women may have had that in their possession upon arrest and been charged but if you read it properly people have been charged for importing. Which will mean class A's. Why does everyone turn into an MP when they read a story? Calm down and have a brew[/p][/quote]Spot-on! The feds can generally only confirm Class B, probably cannabis, as that is fairly easy and less complicated to confirm on-site. Class A's, almost every time, need forensics to confirm which Class A's have been found. At £300 million that says it's going to be by far the majority, 99% upwards, of being Class A and probably in the tonnage weight. The message about drugs quite clearly isn't getting through. My approach is only **** disillusioned losers use illicit drugs.[/p][/quote]"The feds"? I think you've been watching too much Starsky and Hutch Babbar Divino
  • Score: 2

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