Four men and a woman have been charged as part of an investigation into the use of encrypted communication services.

Police carried out warrants in Oldham, Rochdale and Liverpool yesterday (Thursday) as part of Operation Foam.

Five people have now been charged.

Asad Zulfiquar, 35, of Broomfield Gardens, Liverpool, has been charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine, heroin and cannabis and possess for sale or transfer any prohibited weapon/ammunition.

Urszula Kareme, 42, of Burder Street, Oldham, has been charged with three counts of conspiracy to supply cocaine, heroin and cannabis.

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Riasat Ali, 40, of Wyke Park, Oldham, has been charged with three counts of conspiracy to supply cocaine, heroin and cannabis.

Jake Burke, 30, of Middleton Road, Oldham, has been charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Patrick Barry, 37, of Manchester Road, Heywood, has been charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine.

They have all been remanded and will appear at Tameside Magistrates' Court today (Friday).