Received by email 9th September, 2010

Half a Million Pound Drug Seizure

Half Million Pound Drug Seizure - Wakefield
Thursday 09 September 2010

The Regional Roads Crime Team supported by Wakefield District Police seized
a significant amount of Class B drugs estimated to be worth more than a million pounds during a patrol at a lorry park on Tuesday (07/09).

Three men were arrested at Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire, on suspicion of possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply and are currently being questioned at Wakefield Police Station. Enquiries are ongoing.

Head of the Regional Roads Crime Team, Detective Chief Inspector Richard James, said: “This is an excellent example of us working together with local police to disrupt suspected criminals who cross borders to commit crime.”

The Regional Roads Policing Team is the first operational team created by joint collaboration with officers and staff seconded from each of the four police forces of Yorkshire and the Humber. The team was set up in July 2008 with a clear strategic vision to create a hostile environment for criminals that use the road network and cause significant disruption to their illegal business enterprises, from burglary, to drugs, to high value vehicle theft, to people trafficking. It is committed to supplying additional capability to the four police forces of the region wherever needed across the whole of
Yorkshire and the Humber.

Operating as a roads crime unit the success of the team is due to a combination of highly trained officers deploying specialist skills, sophisticated in-car ANPR technology, and intelligence led information supplied by the Regional Intelligence and in-force intelligence bureaux.

The Regional Roads Policing Team is one of the first of its kind in the country with operational units based at Wakefield, Sheffield and Tadcaster and an Operations & Planning unit based in Wakefield. Each team has ten officers led by a Police Sergeant and is at the forefront of regional working, combining the resources of the four forces and collectively giving them better capacity and capability to deal with crime for the benefit of people within the region.

Wakefield North West Neighbourhood Policing Team
Tel no: 01924 294 671

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