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Four charged after police probe into fake prescription drugs

Four men have been charged after a three-month investigation into the manufacture of counterfeit prescription drugs in Greater Manchester. The move comes after yesterday’s dawn raids by GMP.

In a statement, the force said: “Four men were charged following raids yesterday morning (May 17, 2022) in a crackdown on counterfeit prescription drugs in the area.

“GMP Serious Organized Crime Group (SOCG) officers executed warrants at addresses in Salford and Wigan where two ‘laboratories’ containing specialist equipment believed to be used to manufacture counterfeit pills were discovered.”

Callum Dorrian 31 Guilford Road, Eccles, has been charged with conspiracy to produce a class B controlled drug, conspiracy to produce a class C controlled drug, conspiracy to supply a class C controlled drug , conspiracy to possess firearm with intent to endanger life/allow others to do so, conspiracy to possess ammunition with intent to endanger life and conspiracy to to acquire/use/possess criminal property.

Lee Ryan Drury 42, of Everton Street, Swinton, has been charged with conspiracy to produce a class B controlled drug, conspiracy to produce a class C controlled drug, conspiracy to supply a drug controlled class C, conspiracy to possess firearm with intent to endanger life/permit others to do so, conspiracy to possess ammunition with intent to endanger life, conspiracy for the purpose of acquiring/using/possessing criminal property and possession of an offensive weapon in a private place.

John Eric Spiby, 77, of Lower Green Lane, Astley, has been charged with conspiracy to produce a Class B controlled drug, conspiracy to produce a Class C controlled drug, conspiracy to supply a class C controlled drug, conspiracy to possess firearm with intent to endanger life/permit others to do so, conspiracy to possess ammunition with intent to endanger life danger and conspiracy to acquire/use/possess criminal property.

John Colin Spiby, 33, of Britannia Street, Salford, has been charged with conspiracy to produce a Class B controlled drug, conspiracy to produce a Class C controlled drug, conspiracy to supply a drug controlled class C, conspiracy to possess firearm with intent to endanger life/permit others to do so, conspiracy to possess ammunition with intent to endanger life, conspiracy for the purpose of acquiring/using/possessing criminal property and possession of an offensive weapon in a private place.

They have all been remanded in custody and will appear in Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (19 May 2022).

Joan J. Dean

The author Joan J. Dean