Seven arrested in Operation Foam dawn raids

Date published: 25 February 2021

Seven people have been arrested in dawn raids as part of an investigation into criminal use of encrypted communication services.

Earlier this morning (Thursday 25 February 2021), officers from GMP’s Oldham district executed warrants at four properties across Oldham and Rochdale. A warrant was also executed in Liverpool with the support of Merseyside Police.

During the warrants, four men - aged 30, 31, 37 and 40 - and three women - aged 33, 38 and 42, were arrested on suspicion of offences including conspiracy to supply firearms, conspiracy to supply class A drugs, money laundering and participating in the criminal activities of an organised crime group. They all remain in custody for questioning.


One of the vehicles seized in the raids
One of the vehicles seized in the raids


Amongst other property, eight vehicles and approximately £20,000 in cash was also seized during searches of these addresses.

Todays raids and seizures were part of GMP’s ongoing Operation Foam to intercept and dismantle the criminal use of encrypted communication services, often used by organised crime groups.

Operation Foam forms part of the wider National Crime Agency led Operation Venetic, which has seen law enforcement agencies from across the country attempt to break through the encrypted communication services being used by organised crime groups.


Seven arrested in Operation Foam dawn raids


Detective Sergeant Alex Brown of GMP’s Oldham Challenger Team, said: “Today’s action is another fantastic result as we continue to target those using encrypted communication services to conduct illicit activity. I hope this sends a clear warning to those using these encrypted systems for criminality – our investigation is continuing at speed and we will continue to identify, disrupt and dismantle this type of activity.

“There is no place for organised crime within our communities and GMP is committed to ensuring those responsible face justice. As always, we would encourage anyone with any information or concerns in relation to this type of behaviour to make contact with police.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or alternatively, details can be passed on anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.   

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