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 the
streets of drugs.

It follows the latest phase of Operation Grassland which earlier this week saw eight people arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis and money laundering and one person arrested for theft. Ten vehicles were seized as part of the enquiry including a Nissan GTR worth approximately 60,000. A quantity of cash was all seized.

During the two-day operation thirty properties were searched with five cannabis farms found and cannabis to a value of approximately 700,000 recovered and three cropped cannabis farms also discovered and closed down.

All those arrested during the operation have now been bailed pending further enquiries.

The operation was as a result of information provided to police by local residents who have contacted the police to thank them for the action.

One resident, from Wakefield, who spoke to Officers in the street, said: "We are a very close knit neighbourhood. It was a big shock to find out that there were drugs being grown in our street. I am thrilled to see the 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 for criminal behaviour in their communities.

We are there to help them. If they tell us what concerns them then we will respond and will take action to deal with those intent on causing problems in local communities.

We would urge members of the public to contact us about their suspicions while they may not see action straight away as we have to make further 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 this week urging people to contact police with information about criminal activity.

The displays in Ossett town centre on Friday (9am till 2pm), Wakefield city centre on Saturday (9am till 1pm, cathedral area) and outside the rugby league ground at Featherstone (3pm till 7pm) on Saturday evening will highlight the Why Should They? Campaign which aims to raise awareness of how police can use the Proceeds of Crime Act to seize cash, recover cars, house and other assets from criminals and turn them into money for local communities.

Some criminals use the proceeds of their crimes to buy high value items at the expense of their victims, but using the legislation enables police to take them away and give back to communities affected by crime.

During the last financial year just over 5 million was confiscated or forfeited from criminals in West Yorkshire and 8.6 million worth of assets were restrained.

High value cars seized from criminals will be on display and officers will give out information about how to contact police with information about people who are believed to be living beyond their means in local communities.

There are criminals living within the 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

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

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