AN UNDERCOVER operation which brought down multi-million pound drug dealing networks across the city has resulted in more than 150 convictions.
The team behind Operation Grassland were commended for their ground-breaking work which has cleaned the streets of dealers.
Insp Richard Close, Det Sgt Paul Farrar, PC Richard Wingfield, Det Con Kevin Burns and PC Seth Wrigley all picked up awards.
Since Operation Grassland was launched in 2008, it has resulted in jail sentences totalling more than 200 years.
The latest phase took place last year when 150 people were arrested and charged in relation to drug dealing between September and December.
All of those people were convicted and some received lengthy jail terms.
Insp Close said: “We have taken action based on information from members of the community who had suffered at the hands of drug dealers and drug users, some of which were making huge amounts of money.
“The operation resulted in a massive success not only in terms of jail sentences but also in reducing the fear of crime in the community.
“I want to thank those people who came forward with information because they were vital to the success of the operation.”
Chief Supt Marc Callaghan, Wakefield District Police Divisional Commander, praised the team’s determination and said that the model had been copied by other forces.
He said: “It is something that is established in the district among the criminal fraternity. They understand that the Grassland team are watching and they will be caught.”
To contact police about drug dealing, call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.