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Man arrested as police investigate drug dealers using encrypted platform

A man has been arrested after police raided properties in Denton and Oldham as part of an investigation into the use of an encrypted communications platform to deal drugs. 

Greater Manchester Police carried out early-morning raids at two properties - in the St Mary's area of Oldham and in Denton in Tameside - at around 5.45am on Thursday morning (1 July). 

A 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm and conspiracy to supply class A drugs. He remains in custody for questioning.

Cash, mobile phones and high-value clothing were seized during the raids. 

The action forms part of Operation Foam, which is GMP's strand of the NCA led 'Operation Venetic'.

Operation Foam is a lengthy and intricate force-wide operation focused on the infiltration and takedown of the encrypted communications platform Encrochat, often used by organised criminal groups.

Detective Constable Brown, of GMP's Oldham Challenger Team, said: "Today's result follows months of meticulous planning and investigative work and is yet another positive step forward in our endeavour to disrupt and dismantle the supply of class A drugs and Organised crime in the area.

"Whilst we have one man in custody our investigation does remain ongoing and we will continue to investigate and eradicate this type of criminal activity from the area.

"Drugs, and Class A drugs in particular, blight communities and have absolutely no place amongst our community so I would encourage anyone with any information in regard to this type of activity to get in touch with police. Reports will be treated with the upmost seriousness and can be made in confidence."

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 8934 or 101. Details can also be passed via our live webchat function at www.gmp.police.uk. Alternatively, details can be passed on anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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