Operation Grassland - Drugs Crime
Copy of 1st email received Wednesday 11th August, 2010
Operation Grassland - Continued Crackdown on Drugs
Monday, 9th August, 2010
Suspected drug dealers in central and rural Wakefield, Normanton,
Featherstone, Rothwell and Honley have been targeted in another
The latest phase of Operation Grassland was launched this morning
(Monday, August 9th) by Wakefield District Police Division following
information from the local community about suspected drug dealing.
Addresses in Wakefield, East Ardsley, South Emsall, Rothwell and
Honley have been targeted with seven arrests - six men and one
woman. All were arrested in connection with the production of
cannabis and remain in custody at this time.
Items seized as part of the house searches include drugs, drugs
paraphernalia, cash and vehicles (three vans, one camper van, two
cars and four motorbikes). Five cannabis farms were discovered.
Officers from Wakefield Central, Rural, Normanton and Featherstone
and North West area Neighbourhood Policing Teams are leading the
operation supported by officers from Wakefield District Division's
CID, the Force's Economic Crime Unit and other colleagues from Crime
and Operations Support Divisions. Local Neighbourhood officers are
on patrol in the areas targeted
to provide reassurance to residents and take any further information
about drug-related or criminal behaviour that residents may wish to
Chief Superintendent Marc Callaghan, Divisional Commander for
Wakefield District Police, said: ?When I came into post here in
Wakefield I gave an assurance that whoever committed crime in the
District, including hardened criminals, would be identified and that
we would make sure that they were the ones looking over their
shoulders - not our law-abiding citizens.
Operation Grassland is one initiative where we have consistently
delivered on this promise.
The things that really matter to you matter to us. You've told us
what you want, we have listened and delivered. In June we arrested
more than 60 suspected drug dealers in the latest phase of Operation
Grassland and here we are again targeting more suspected criminals
who blight the lives of people living in our communities by peddling
It is an excellent example of how we have listened to the concerns
of the local community and then responded with some great results.
If you suspect someone is making a living from crime - let us know
and we will act. The Proceeds of Crime Act gives us the powers to
hit criminals where its hurts, their wallets. We are able to seize
cash, recover cars, houses and any other assets they may have.
Clearly it is imperative that we work together to tackle criminals
living in our local neighbourhoods.?
There are criminals living in Wakefield District who are living off
the proceeds of crime, why should they? Ring Crimestoppers
anonymously on 0800 555 111, that's all it takes, or visit
Inspector Lisa Kirkland, of Normanton and Featherstone Neighbourhood
Policing Team, said: Neighbourhood Policing Teams are working to
ensure that community concerns about drugs are reported and acted
upon. I would urge people to keep in touch with us. Find out details
about your local NPT by logging on to
This is the latest phase of Wakefield District Division's Operation
Grassland which was launched in 2008 focusing on suspected drug
dealing in the Wakefield area. It has resulted in a large number of
arrests and subsequent jail sentences for many of those involved.
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