Drugs seized from Audenshaw pub in operation

OFFICERS carried out a series of drugs warrants in Tameside today (July 6, 2021), uncovering three suspected cannabis farms and seizing a quantity of cash and drugs.

Two men – aged 51 and 55 – have been arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis and are in custody for questioning.

A third man, aged 38, has been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply and production of cannabis and is also in custody.

GMP at The Snipe at Ashton – photos by Gary Carter

At approximately 6am, officers from GMP’s Tameside’s Neighbourhood Task Force and South Neighbourhood Team, along with officers from GMP’s Tactical Aid Unit (TAU), carried out a warrant at The Snipe Inn on Manchester Road, Audenshaw, where 10 suspected plants were discovered.

At the same time, two warrants were carried out at a house on Droylsden Road, Audenshaw – where 38 suspected plants were found – and a flat above a business premises, also on Droylsden Road – where the remains of cannabis production was found along with a large quantity of cannabis.

Police seize cannabis plants at The Snipe Inn – photos by Gary Carter

In two cases, the electricity meters had been bypassed but have now been made safe.

Greater Manchester Police have submitted an expedited review application in relation to the premises licence at The Snipe Inn that will take place tomorrow (7 July) and the pub will remain closed subject to this review.

The Snipe Inn – photo by Gary Carter

Police Sergeant Scott Kerr, of GMP’s Tameside district, said “Today’s operation was aimed at removing illegal drugs form the streets of Tameside and targeting those involved in the cultivation and supply of those drugs.

“Today we have had a significant find at the three premises resulting in the arrest of three individuals.

“I would urge anyone with information or has concerns about drugs in the area to report it online at www.gmp.police.uk.

“Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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