Three people have been arrested following raids at businesses in Oldham on Monday 9 July as part of Operation Caminada.
A 41-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of money laundering, abstraction of electricity and possession of an offensive weapon and a 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of immigration offences. A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft and going equipped. £35,000 of cash was seized along with a Range Rover.
More than 20 police officers were involved in the raids after months of intelligence gathering.
Chief Superintendent Tim Forber from the Oldham Division of Greater Manchester Police said: “Today was a successful operation and once again and we have struck another blow against crime in our town. Thanks to information from local people we have been able to make more arrests and with the help of partner agencies will continue to rid Oldham of organised crime and associated organised criminality.
“It is important to note that these are not victimless crimes and the offences threaten the livelihood of any law abiding citizen in our borough. We will continue to work to serve the public and act on their concerns and information.
“People can continue to help by letting us know about information that may be useful to us by calling police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 080 555 111.
Operation Caminada was set up to combat organised crime in the town. It involves a wide variety of agencies including Oldham Council working together to investigate individuals believed to be involved in organised crime.
The Operation Caminada team investigates all areas of a suspected criminal’s life including, their business interests, benefits and associates. The information they gather is used to build an intelligence picture and identify illegal activity.
The organisations involved can then use their various powers to make it more difficult for these individuals to pursue their criminal lifestyle, such as revoking their licences and freezing their benefits.