£35k cash and drugs seized

Insp Richard Close and Chief Super divisional commander Mark Callaghan with cash and drugs siezed in a police operation.
Insp Richard Close and Chief Super divisional commander Mark Callaghan with cash and drugs siezed in a police operation.
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POLIcE arrested 20 men and seized cocaine worth more than £25,000 during a massive operation to smash drug-dealing gangs.

Officers also recovered £35,000 in cash and a hundred class A ecstasy tablets.

Homes in Agbrigg, Portobello and Belle Vue were raided on Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as houses in Castleford, Leeds and Barnsley.

It was the latest phase of Operation Grassland which has seen undercover officers infiltrate the city’s most prolific drug dealing gangs.

Insp Richard Close, of the Central neighbourhood policing team (NPT), said: “This operation focuses on criminality in Wakefield around the city’s nightlife.

“The arrests follow information given to us by members of communities and our concerns about drugs misuse.”

So far 14 out of the 20 men arrested have been charged for various offences including drugs trafficking and under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Six other men have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Chief Supt Marc Callaghan, Wakefield district police divisional commander, said: “Operation Grassland continues to have a major impact on criminals and those suspected of criminal offences across the district.

“It demonstrates that we will not tolerate people dealing drugs in our communities, towns and city centres.

“We will continue to take action and urge the public to continue to give us the information – every call will be acted upon.”

Operation Grassland was launched in 2008 to the rid the city’s streets of drugs.

So far it has resulted in jail sentences totalling more than 200 years.

Anyone with information should call Police on 101. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.