Quartet charged after more than £1m worth of drugs seized.
Sunday 2nd November 2014 12:30 News Posted by Anna Fletcher

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Four people have been charged after more than £1m worth of drugs were seized by police in Tameside.

Ben Harrison (born 15/03/85), of Providence Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, is charged with possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply, conspiracy to acquire criminal property and conspiracy to conceal criminal property.

Rosina Rapuano, 29, of Providence Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, is charged with conspiracy to conceal criminal property and conspiracy to acquire criminal property.

Liam Walker, 26, of Staley Farm Close, Stalybridge ,is charged with possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply and conspiracy to acquire criminal property.

They appeared before Tameside Magistrates’ Court on 31 October 2014.

Irene Grayson, 54, from Mossley, has been charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and will appear before Tameside Magistrates’ Court on 3 November 2014.

On 30 October 2014, officers from the Tameside Organised Crime Team swooped on a number of addresses in the Dukinfield and Ashton-under-Lyne areas.

From properties in the Ashton and Stalybridge areas, officers seized large amounts of cocaine.

Split across the addresses, police also recovered up to £100,000 in cash.

The following day, Friday 31 October, officers from the Tameside Organised Crime Team executed a warrant in Mossley and more than £1m worth of drugs were recovered. Approximately 20kg of cocaine and cutting agents with a value in excess of £500,000, 88kg of amphetamine with a value in excess of £800,000 and 6kg of MDMA with a value in excess of £180,000 were also seized.

Detective Inspector Andy Sandiford of the Tameside Organised Crime Team said: “As a number of people have been charged and will now appear before the courts, I cannot go into too much detail about those individuals and the specifics of our investigation.

“What I can say is that we have seized more than £1m worth of drugs which, by any stretch of the imagination, is a huge amount. In real terms what that means is that we have stopped massive amounts of drugs from being distributed on our streets which is an absolutely fantastic result.”