400 cannabis plants found in Oldham raid (Operation Challenger)

As the rest of the community were just waking up, Neighbourhood officers and Op Challenger team in Oldham were sat in a briefing room, getting ready to conduct a warrant in Hollins, Oldham.

This morning (Tuesday 12 September 2023),  officers have seized over 400 mature cannabis plants and two men aged 24 and 25 have been arrested on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis and remain in police custody for questioning.

Chief Superintendent Phil Hutchinson of GMP’s Oldham District, said: “Cannabis-related crime can be misconstrued as being a ‘low level’, but there are underlying serious and organised networks that are running these enterprises, and this is just one aspect of their criminal businesses – which often funds violence on our streets and blights our communities.

“The action this morning has not only been able to disrupt criminal operations, but this is organised criminality controlling the grows, so the activity today has weakened the crime networks in both Oldham and the wider Greater Manchester area.

“I would like to thank the members of the public who have reported their suspicions to us through Crimestoppers.

“I hope the action today shows that we will act on information submitted to us as we seek to keep our communities safe, to help us, we want the public to continue reporting their concerns, it may be the final piece of the intelligence jigsaw that we need.


“In the last 7 days alone, officers from Operation Challenger and Neighbourhood teams have recovered cannabis with an estimates street value of £1.2million, and we will continue to take the fight to criminals and disrupting organised criminality.

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