Drug raid pair are quizzed

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TWO women were being quizzed by police today after being arrested in a series of Wigan drug raids.

Police smashed down front doors at three homes in the Lamberhead Green and Kitt Green and say they also recovered drugs “paraphernalia” and white powder which has now been sent for testing but may be amphetamine.

Pupils going to Abraham Guest High School looked on as officers from Pemberton Neighbourhood Policing Team and the neighbourhood task force rolled up in four cars and vans to make surprise visits at two homes in Greenhey.

The 8am co-ordinated raids yielded drug-related equipment, including used needles and snap bags at one address and the arrest of a 26-year-old woman on suspicion of possessing a Class B substance at the other.

Three hours later and police were raiding another house in Dean Crescent, Kitt Green.

This time they recovered a number of wraps of white powder and arrested a 42-year-old woman on suspicion of possessing a Class B drug with intent to supply.

Both suspects were last night being questioned by officers at Wigan Police headquarters.

The first two raids are said not to have been linked to the third but all were carried out under the umbrella of Operation Reckoning.

This is an initiative aimed at tackling serious acquisitive crime. Drugs are often the root cause of thefts and robberies as addicts commit crimes in order to pay for their habit.

Police are particularly keen for members of the public to become extra eyes and ears for the force as far as drug-dealing activities are concerned and today they repeated their appeal.

Sgt Peter Clarke of the Pemberton NPT said: “We are pleased with our morning’s work and cannot rule out further raids in future.

“Two people are currently helping police with their inquiries and PCSOs have been going round to homes nearby delivering letters which give community assurance and say that we will act pro-actively on information provided in confidence.”

Police are also liaising with Wigan and Leigh Housing with regard to reinforcing tenancy conditions in relation to drug-related matters.