Three men arrested after 13kg of drugs seized in early morning raids

Date published: 13 October 2021

Three men have been charged with a range of drug offences following morning raids yesterday.

Officers from GMP's Oldham Challenger Team executed three warrants at addresses across Newton Heath and Failsworth.

The warrants formed part of an ongoing investigation into the supply of class A drugs across Greater Manchester, as well as the criminal use of the encrypted communications platform Encrochat, often used by organised criminal groups.

Following searches of all three properties, suspected class A and B drugs were recovered, along with over £3000 in cash, designer clothing, jewellery, phones and vehicles.

Daniel Buckley, 33, of Hulmes Road, Newton Heath has been charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine, conspiracy to supply amphetamine, possession with intent to supply cocaine and entering in to money laundering agreement.

Mark Bowles, 33, of John Street, Failsworth has been charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine, conspiracy to supply amphetamine, possession with intent to supply amphetamine and entering in to money laundering agreement.

Michael Mooney, 34, of Church View, Failsworth has been charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine, and possession with intent to supply cocaine.

All three were remanded into custody ahead of an appearance at Tameside Magistrates Court today (Wednesday 13 October).

Three men were arrested

Speaking shortly after the raids yesterday, Detective Sergeant Alex Brown of GMP's Oldham Challenger Team, said: "Today's action is the culmination of months of intricate investigative work and is another positive result for the team in our endeavour to disrupt and dismantle the distribution and trade of drugs across our region.

"Thankfully today we have been able to remove what is suspected to be a large quantity of drugs from our community, and although we have three men in custody our searches and investigation will continue this morning and we will ensure all criminal assets are seized.

"An inordinate amount of work goes on behind the scenes to investigate the distribution of drugs and I hope today's arrests and seizures send a stark warning that GMP will do all in its power to pursue offenders and ensure no one benefits from ill-gotten gains and the sale of drugs.

"Often these investigations rely on intelligence passed to police by members of the public can often play a big part in investigations. If you have information that could aid our investigations into the trade of drugs across Greater Manchester then please get in touch with police."

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