Wakefield drug dealers still hunted

Police want to speak to this man in connection with Operation Grassland. Babar Asfaq - 22 years old - last known address of Plumpton Terrace, Wakefield
Police want to speak to this man in connection with Operation Grassland. Babar Asfaq - 22 years old - last known address of Plumpton Terrace, Wakefield

AN undercover operation by police to rid the city of drug dealers has resulted in more than 120 people being locked up for more than 220 years.

Officers posing as heroin and crack cocaine addicts infiltrated drug networks worth millions last year.

Police want to speak to this man in connection with Operation Grassland. Ahmed Said - 25 years old - last known address of Marsland Street, Wakefield

Police want to speak to this man in connection with Operation Grassland. Ahmed Said - 25 years old - last known address of Marsland Street, Wakefield

They worked undercover for months to gather evidence to convict dealers who targeted schools, pubs and clubs.

Roheet Ahmed, 23, of Anderson Street, Darnley, became the latest person to be jailed under Operation Grassland when he was sentenced to six years at Leeds Crown Court last Friday.

Ahmed was caught selling class-A drugs to undercover officers several times last year.

Supt Dean Henson said: “This was a long running operation and involved a lot of officers and it proved to be a great success.

“Over one hundred drug dealers were taken off the streets and their assets will be seized and confiscation orders sought to take their proceeds of crime away.

“Drug dealing is not acceptable and we will do everything within our power to tackle this problem and convict those responsible.

“Operations like Grassland will continue to run as long as there are people who think they can deal drugs on the streets.”

Operation Grassland was launched in 2008 and involves neighbourhood police teams, the Force’s Economic Crime Unit and Operations Support Division.

In the first wave, more than a hundred dealers were jailed for more than 200 years.

Operation Grassland has won national police awards and been used as a model by other forces around the country.

The latest operation took place last year and the majority of suspects were arrested in November.

Detectives are now hunting for five suspected dealers who have gone on the run.

They want to trace Sabir Saidi Zada, 21, who lived on Clayton Street, Kamal Hassan Zadeh, 32, who lived on Lower York Street, Ahmed Said, 25, who lived on Marsland Street, Babar Asfaq, 22, who lived on Plumpton Terrace and 36-year-old Farman Mohammed Amin, who lived on Denstone Street.

Chief Superintendent Andy Battle who leads the Wakefield Division said: “I also want to thank the public for playing their part - as long as local communities keep giving us information about those suspected of dealing drugs, we will continue to take action.

“We will come back again and again - and I would urge the public to keep contacting us. We will not tolerate drug dealing and we will continue to work hard to rid our streets.”

Anyone with any information should call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.