SEVEN arrests have been made in early morning drug raids around Bury. 

Raids were carried out at five addresses in Bury and Heywood as part of Greater Manchester Police's Operation Ballerina, which targets the supply of Class A drugs. 

Five men – aged 26, 65, 58, 22 and 34 – and one woman – aged 28 - have all been arrested on suspicion of supply of Class A drugs.

A 17-year-old boy was also arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class B drug. 

Officers seized a substantial amount of class B drugs across the properties.

Superintendent Paul Walker, of GMP’s Bury district, said: “We absolutely do not tolerate the supply of drugs, and we will continue to take action if there is any suspicion of offences being committed in Greater Manchester. 

“Thanks to the speedy actions of officers this morning, a significant amount of drugs destined for our streets have been seized. 

“Operation Ballerina is very much ongoing, and we are continuing to crack down on the supply of drugs across Bury and the wider region. 

"Our most powerful tool in the fight against drugs is the information we receive from the community. If you suspect drugs are being used or cultivated in your area, we urge you to get in touch with the police as soon as you can." 

DC Craig Murray, part of Programme Challenger at Bury Police station, led one of the raids at an address in Chesham Road. 

He added: "We've executed a warrant under Section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act and Section 8 of PACE.

"The purpose of which was to locate an suspect in relation to the supply of Class A controlled drugs in Bury.

"It's been an ongoing investigation for a number of months which has culminated in this warrant being executed.

"We've arrested two persons from this address, which is linked to the criminality.

"We're quite happy with the result we've had today. It sends a message out to the people of Bury that we take drug supply very seriously."