Raids carried out by Cheshire police across Macclesfield, Manchester and Liverpool this morning saw drugs, cash and weapons seized.
Around 200 officers helped to execute warrants at 27 properties in a co-ordinated strike that resulted in 20 people - 16 men and four women ranging from 18 to 62 years old – being arrested on suspicion of supplying Class A drugs.
Not only were arrests made but a range of items concerned with criminal activity were seized, including quantities of cash, drugs and weapons – including a firearm.
The raids were conducted as part of Operation Impact, which aims to tackle those whose drugs-related criminality brings misery to our communities.
Chief Superintendent Andy Southcott said: “This was not just about targeting those concerned with the supply of these drugs, but also at the organised criminality associated with it. This has been a carefully planned and timed strike aimed at disrupting and dismantling the drug supply in Macclesfield and the wider area, and keeping our communities safe.
“I hope this positive action provides reassurance to our communities that this Force takes this issue extremely seriously and underlines out commitment to bringing to justice those who continue to undermine our communities and bring misery to residents through their involvement in organised crime and illegal drugs.”