Sixteen people arrested following morning raids across east Cheshire
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Macclesfield Policing Unit’s Serious and Organised Crime Team carried out raids on 16 addresses on Tuesday 20 June as part of their investigation into drug dealing in Congleton.
The raids in Congleton, Holmes Chapel, Macclesfield, Middlewich, Ashton-under-Lyne, Wilmslow and Alderley Edge were part of a long-term investigation aimed at tackling the issue.
Officers arrested 15 men aged between 16 and 39, and a woman aged 58. They seized property ranging from class A and B drugs, cash, two drug presses, a cannabis farm, phones, weapons including a rifle, two cars, one van, three electric bikes, a quad bike and jewellery.
DS Angie Coppock said:
“These warrants are the culmination of an ongoing investigation into the supply of illegal drugs across the Congleton area.
"This is a complex and protracted investigation into conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B controlled drugs, namely cocaine, MDMA, cannabis and other illicit substances.
“Tuesday saw us initiate our strike phase and make several arrests. I hope that this reassures residents that we do listen to your concerns and have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to gather evidence and tackle the issue.
"Patrols remain in the area to provide reasurance to residents.”
Three men remain in custody while 12 men and one woman have been released on conditional bail.
Anyone who sees drug dealing or has information should contact Cheshire Police on 101 or via the website.
Alternatively, information can be given anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.