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Six charged after drug raids
Gina Adair
Mrs Adair was arrested on Tuesday night after the raids
Six people - including the wife and son of Northern Ireland loyalist leader Johnny Adair - arrested in a police operation targeting drugs have been charged.

Five houses in Greater Manchester and a hotel in Lancashire were raided by officers in the early hours of Tuesday, leading to the arrests.

The suspects have all been charged with conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine.

The charges follow a three month investigation by Bolton officers codenamed Operation Margate.

The six charged are: Jonathan Adair, 19, Gina Adair, 37, Benjamin Dowie, 22, William Truesdale, 40, who all live on Chorley New Road, Horwich, Karen Truesdale, 32, of Thorpe Street, Halliwell and a 13-year-old boy from Halliwell.

Mr Adair, Mr Dowie, Mr Truesdale and MsTruesdale have also been charged with supplying class A drugs.

Mrs Adair was arrested after the raids on Tuesday evening. The rest were arrested during the raids.

They are due to appear before magistrates in Bolton later.

House action

Mrs Adair - the wife of Ulster Freedom Fighters leader Johnny Adair - arrived in Horwich with her four children in March.

The family was fleeing in-fighting among Northern Ireland's loyalist paramilitaries.

Mrs Adair rented a private property, but demanded Bolton council re-house her.

When it refused, she took the authority to court but lost.




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