ELEVEN people have been arrested this morning following dawn drug raids in Greater Manchester and Staffordshire.

Eight men and three women were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs as officers searched nine addresses across Manchester, Oldham, Salford and Staffordshire.

They all remain in custody for questioning.

The raids were part of a drugs crackdown code-named Operation Friction, led by the Serious and Organised Crime Group, targetting crime networks supplying drugs across the UK.

On March 6 a further eight men and two women were charged and remanded in custody on conspiracy to supply drugs and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, after raids.

Detective Inspector Tony Norman of GMP’s Serious and Organised Crime Group, said: “A further 11 people are now in custody following raids earlier this morning.

“Again, this investigation wouldn’t be successful without the help and support of local communities.

“We will never tolerate drugs on our streets and we will do everything we can to stamp it out.

“If you suspect drug dealing in your area please report it to police immediately.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.