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Counterfeit Medications

Operation Cranium

Operation Crainium Information Leaflet

Operation Cranium aims to tackle the supply and distribution of illicit and counterfeit prescription medication across Greater Manchester, the associated criminality around this type of crime, and those involved; both individuals and Organised Crime Groups.

The most common illicit drugs found include:

  • Diazepam
  • Pregabalin
  • Xanax (Alprazolam)
  • Zopiclone
  • Tramadol

Possession of any of these are illegal without a prescription and are all classified as Class C drugs.

The activity is not just centred around Greater Manchester but across the North West and the UK and it is suspected that a number of deaths have occurred in relation to this supply chain.

If you are aware of any medication that you think may be suspicious please report this using the GM Police Crimestoppers hotline 0800 555111.