Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Interview with Chief Supt Russ Jackson following this morning's Operation Audacious targeting Manchester's drug community

Members of the public have been invited to watch a series of police raids targeting drug dealing in Greater Manchester.

Residents, members of community groups, sixth-form students and business owners were taken in minibuses to see the raids in Manchester and Salford.

Today’s operation is being closely supported by the Courts and the Crown Prosecution Service, who have a team of prosecutors providing ongoing advice and charging decisions.

Drugs workers will also be on hand throughout the day to offer services to any prisoners that currently use drugs and who may want help to stop.

Over the past few months, officers have been building intelligence passed on from the local community on those who are suspected of street drug dealing, culminating in the largest single drugs strike that GMP has done in one day.

Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson, Divisional Commander for North Manchester said: “Cracking down on drugs in our communities is a big priority for GMP and I hope today shows the people of Manchester just how seriously we are committed to this cause.

“Drugs are a major driving force behind many other crimes such as burglary, robbery and vehicle crime, and that is why we are determined to root out all those involved in this trade, from the addicts to the sellers to those who are bringing the drugs in.

"Today’s strikes have taken months in the planning and will have caused significant disruption to the users and suppliers of illegal drugs in Manchester. With the public’s help, this work will continue.

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