Drugs taken off Wigan streets

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MILLIONS of pounds of illegal drugs have been taken off the streets of Wigan by police.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) statistics show that officers seized £2.798m of illegal substances in the borough in the past three years.

The majority of seizures involved cannabis, which accounted for 76 per cent of incidents, with heroin making up around a tenth of the total and 12 per cent involving cocaine.

The figures showed that more than £50m of drugs have been seized across Greater Manchester in the past three years, with officers recovering illegal substances with a street value of £19.3m in the 12 months until the end of June 2012, down from £22.2m in 2010-11.

Detective Inspector Steve Earnshaw from GMP said: “These figures show that GMP has taken a very proactive approach to taking drugs off our streets.

“As it is a priority for GMP to combat the threat of organised crime, we will continue to be a nuisance for those who possess and supply drugs.

“Drugs are a major driving force behind many other crimes such as burglary, robbery and vehicle crime, and that is why we are determined to root out all those involved in this trade.

“But we do not think that our fight against the supply of drugs ends with drug seizures. Major operations have led to drug dealers being brought to justice and we have also pursued criminals by seizing their assets through Proceeds of Crime legislation.

“As ever, these successes would not have been possible without the help and support of the communities that we serve who have given us information about drug dealing where they live.”