Police target drugs network in Wakefield

Inspector Richard Close with the proceeds of a drugs raid earlier today.
Inspector Richard Close with the proceeds of a drugs raid earlier today.
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Drugs worth thousands of pounds have been taken off the streets in a major police operation targeting suspects thought to be involved in a sophisticated and large-scale dealing network.

Officers swooped across the city in a series of dawn raids.

So far police have made 25 arrests and 17 suspects have been charged with suspicion of supplying heroin, crack cocaine and cocaine.

It was the result of months of undercover operations by the Central neighbourhood police team (NPT).

Weapons, including guns, drugs worth £3,000, £6,000 in cash, six cars including a new BMW and a kilo of cannabis were all seized.

Insp Richard Close said: “We have reclaimed communities for the people that live there and sent out a clear message that drug dealing is not welcome.

“The police have changed tactics and got better at smashing dealer networks and from now on there is nowhere to hide.”

This was the latest phase of Operation Grassland which was launched in 2008 and has resulted in dealers being locked up for more than 200 years.

Yesterday nine people appeared at Wakefield Magistrates’ Court.

Gareth Myas, 21, of Colley Gardens, Stanley, was charged with 24 offences of supplying class A drugs. He did not enter a plea.

Liam Hollinger, 21, of Bradford, pleaded not guilty to ten charges of supplying class A drugs.

Christopher Barker, 21, of Bradford, faces two counts of supplying class A drugs. He did not enter a plea.

Imran Khan, 28, of Birmingham, pleaded guilty to nine charges of supplying class A drugs.

Wayne Hall, 40, of Bridal Place, Gawthorpe, faces two charges of supplying class A drugs and two charges of being concerned with the supply of class A drugs. He did not enter a plea.

Jack Jervis, 32, of Woodmoor Road, Kettlethorpe, is charged with seven counts of supplying class A drugs. He did not enter a plea.

Brett Everleigh, 34, of Boyne Drive, Kettlethorpe, faces 18 charges of supplying class A drugs. He did not enter a plea.

They were all remanded in custody.

Jemma Smith, 24, of Colley Gardens Stanley, pleaded not guilty to supplying a class A drug.

Richard Tasker, 28, of Deffer Road, Kettlethorpe, pleaded not guilty to three charges of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply and two charges of supplying or being concerned with the supply of class A drugs. Both were released on bail.