Operation Grassland - Drugs Crime
Copy of 2nd email received Wednesday 11th August, 2010
Update - Operation Grassland - Continued Crackdown
on Drugs Crime
Wednesday, 11th August, 2010
Wakefield District Police have been praised for their efforts to rid
streets of drugs.
It follows the latest phase of Operation Grassland which earlier
saw eight people arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis and
laundering and one person arrested for theft. Ten vehicles were
part of the enquiry including a Nissan GTR worth approximately
quantity of cash was all seized.
During the two-day operation thirty properties were searched with
cannabis farms found and cannabis to a value of approximately
recovered and three cropped cannabis farms also discovered and
All those arrested during the operation have now been bailed pending
The operation was as a result of information provided to police by
residents who have contacted the police to thank them for the
One resident, from Wakefield, who spoke to Officers in the street,
"We are a very close knit neighbourhood. It was a big shock to find
that there were drugs being grown in our street. I am thrilled to
Police dealing with it."
Superintendent Tyron Joyce, Head of Operations at Wakefield District
Police, said: ?We hope that the action we have taken this week will
demonstrate yet again to residents that they do not have to stand
criminal behaviour in their communities.
We are there to help them. If they tell us what concerns them then
respond and will take action to deal with those intent on causing
in local communities.
We would urge members of the public to contact us about their
while they may not see action straight away as we have to make
enquiries, I can reassure them that every call matters to us and all
information is followed up.
A series of public displays will be held around the district later
week urging people to contact police with information about criminal
The displays in Ossett town centre on Friday (9am till 2pm),
centre on Saturday (9am till 1pm, cathedral area) and outside the
league ground at Featherstone (3pm till 7pm) on Saturday evening
highlight the Why Should They? Campaign which aims to raise
how police can use the Proceeds of Crime Act to seize cash, recover
house and other assets from criminals and turn them into money for
Some criminals use the proceeds of their crimes to buy high value
the expense of their victims, but using the legislation enables
take them away and give back to communities affected by crime.
During the last financial year just over £5 million was confiscated
forfeited from criminals in West Yorkshire and £8.6 million worth of
High value cars seized from criminals will be on display and
give out information about how to contact police with information
people who are believed to be living beyond their means in local
There are criminals living within the Wakefield district who are
the proceeds of crime, why should they? Ring Crimestoppers
0800 555 111, that's all it takes, or visit
Wakefield North West Neighbourhood Policing Team
Tel no: 01924 294 671