12 arrested and eight vehicles seized by police at train stations

An undercover operation aimed at disrupting drugs trafficking between Merseyside and Greater Manchester ended in 12 arrests.

Plain clothes police officers were in Wigan working with Merseyside Police to target “checkpoints” used by gangs for county lines purposes between the two regions, including the town’s two train stations.

During a day of action this week police made 33 searches of suspects – 14 of which resulted in drugs being found.

A dozen people were arrested with eight vehicles seized and class A, B, and C drugs recovered, including cocaine and several bags of cannabis.

The Intelligence led, region-wide Operation Flood was launched last month by GMP’s Organised Crime Co-ordination Unit.

It involves covert tactics to disrupt suspicious activity and the supply and distribution of drugs across Greater Manchester, the North West and beyond.

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Over 200 drug lines were estimated to be operating from Greater Manchester between groups within the county and to every region in the UK.

Police continue to seek further intelligence and information from the public so they can act on known routes for drug trafficking, and work with local authorities to protect vulnerable people identified as being coerced in such activity.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Mossop, from GMP’s OCCU, said: “We have seen in our day of action in Wigan the results of working on the front foot with neighbouring forces to target and surge disruption activity on lines operating in and out of Greater Manchester.”

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