Six arrested after millions of pounds worth of illegal medicine seized
Tuesday 17th October 2017 @ 16:23 by Lee Wild
News Tameside

Six people from Tameside and Bury have been arrested after millions of pounds worth of medication was seized following an investigation into the illegal sale of medicine online.

They were arrested after early morning raids by Greater Manchester Police as part of Operation Pyarr.

Operation Pyarr – police raids in Bury, Cheetham Hill and Ashton.

Several millions of pounds worth of pharmaceutical drugs were recovered as part of the investigation into what police are calling “multi-million pound international fraud operation.”

The investigation was carried out by the Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority, who ensure that all medicines and medical devices are safe, in conjunction with Bury Police and the Northern Irish Police Service.

An 18-year-old, 25-year-old, 47-year-old, a 53-year-old and two 54-year-old men were all arrested on suspicion of supplying Class C drugs and remain in police custody for questioning.

Detective Chief Inspector Charlotte Cadden of GMP’s Bury Borough, said: “We have spent the past few months identifying where the public are able to get hold of these controlled drugs, and uncovering who is responsible.

“From our investigation, it is clear that this is a comprehensive operation, with genuine pharmaceuticals being unlawfully removed from the supply chain in the UK and then sold, illegally, online.

“While we have made arrests, we are continuing with our investigation and are committed to finding those who facilitate the supply of illegal substances in Greater Manchester.

“I’m asking for the public to continue to report anything suspicious to the police, and ensure that we can look after the public who are taken in by drugs that they believe are legal.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Operation Pyarr – police raids in Bury, Cheetham Hill and Ashton.