TWO teenagers arrested after a "substantial" amount of cannabis and a machete was found during a police raid in Oldham have been released under investigation.

Officers carried out a drugs warrant in the Medlock Vale area at around 6.50am on Friday and discovered "substantial" quantities of cannabis bush, a machete, drugs paraphernalia, packaging and mobile devices.

Two people – a 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy – were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis.

Police have confirmed they have since been released under investigation.

The action forms part of Operation Helix – a multi-agency response aimed at tackling serious youth violence in Oldham.

To date 24 people have been arrested as part of the operation for offences such as violent disorder, serious assault, possession of offensive weapons, possession of firearms including ammunition and theft of motor vehicles.

Large quantities of class A drugs such as cocaine and heroin in addition to a number of weapons such as knives, machetes, axes, bats and firearms have also been seized. 

Inspector Chris Julien from Greater Manchester Police's Oldham District, speaking on Friday, said: "Today's result is another positive step forward in helping to identify and disrupt this type of activity across the Oldham district.

"The aim of Op Helix is to always educate young people and to prevent them and other members of our communities from suffering harm at the hands of violent crime. 

"Enforcement action will always be a last resort; however it is often necessary to help dismantle the trade of drugs across the area.

"We would encourage anyone who witnesses an incident or needs to report a crime, to please contact us via LiveChat or our reporting facility at"

You can also contact police by dialling 101. Alternatively, you can make reports anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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