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Arrests in Wigan cocaine supply raids

Arrest during armed raid in Wigan
Image caption Two men were arrested during the raids

Detectives investigating what they have described as a "major drug conspiracy" in Greater Manchester have arrested two men in a series of raids.

Police, some of them armed, visited five addresses in the Golborne and Platt Bridge areas of Wigan on Monday.

It follows an investigation into the movement of large quantities of cocaine from London to the North West.

Two men, aged 33 and 39, are now being questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Ch Supt Shaun Donnellan, of Greater Manchester Police's Wigan Division, thanked the community for their "co-operation and patience" during the operation.

County borders

"These raids show that no criminals are out of reach - when we have the right information we will act on it," he said.

"In Wigan we are determined to tackle organised crime gangs and are confident that today's arrests make the community safer."

The operation was led by the North West Regional Crime Unit, which was set up to help forces investigate organised crime groups that operate across county borders.

Officers have been delivering leaflets in the area to explain the reasons behind the raids.

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