Operation Grassland - Drugs Crime

Copy of 1st email received Wednesday 11th August, 2010

Operation Grassland - Continued Crackdown on Drugs Crime

Monday, 9th August, 2010

Suspected drug dealers in central and rural Wakefield, Normanton, Featherstone, Rothwell and Honley have been targeted in another major operation.

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 report.

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 drugs.

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 www.whyshouldthey.com

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 www.westyorkshire.police.uk/npt.

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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Wakefield North West Neighbourhood Policing Team
Tel no: 01924 294 671  karen.vezina@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

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