A 42-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested after 100 wraps of suspected cocaine and heroin were seized.

As part of Greater Manchester Police’s operation to tackling drug dealing, serious violence, and knife crime, officers uncovered another positive find after a routine stop search in Leigh on Wednesday, January 31.

After conducting a routine patrol of a key hotspot, a 42-year-old man was stop searched on Battersby Street in Leigh and subsequently arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

As they approached the a suspect in Leigh, he is alleged to have made off from the scene before being detained nearby after "trying to swallow the drugs".

Offices recovered the package which contained over 100 wraps of what is suspected to be cocaine and heroin.

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A further house search was conducted later that afternoon due to intelligence and a large hunting knife was removed from the address and seized linked to the suspect.

He has since been bailed under conditions pending further enquiries.

The arrest comes from a specialist specialised team using a mix of covert and high-visibility tactics to tackle offenders in the act. This is reinforced with a back-office function of more officers and analysts to ensure they are deployed in the right place at the right time.

Sergeant Paul Heap of GMP’s Operation Venture team said; “This is another perfect of example of our day-to-day work to keep communities safe and catch offenders in the act.

“A positive result has removed another suspected drug dealer from the streets and enquiries are ongoing regarding this investigation to ensure we can bring justice.

“Operation Venture was setup to ensure we could embed ourselves within areas of Greater Manchester to enable us to respond quickly and effectively and hopefully this arrest gives confidence to the local area that we are monitoring what is going on and will act appropriately when needed.”