Weapons And Heroin Seized After Police Execute Swathe Of Warrants In Wakefield

Thursday October 17, 2019

Weapons and Class A drugs, including thousands of pounds worth of suspected heroin, have been taken off the streets of Wakefield after officers executed a number of warrants.

Wakefield District Police have said more operations to tackle organised crime are planned in the city after officers raided properties in the Portobello area last week ( October 7 - 11).

Officers from Wakefield City And North West NPT executed warrants at properties on four streets over the course of the week, assisted by colleagues from Wakefield CID, Wakefield District Safeguarding and the force’s Operation Support Unit.

Police raided properties on Clifford Avenue, and Duke of York Avenue on Monday and Plumpton Place on Wednesday.  Community resolutions were issued  to occupants at Duke of York Avenue and Plumpton Place for possession of cannabis and to Clifford Avenue for possession of cocaine.

Meanwhile, an operation at a property on Hatfield Street on Thursday saw officers seize weapons including air powered pistols, bladed weapons and Class A drugs including heroin and crack cocaine worth thousands of pounds.

Three men and a woman were arrested from the property on suspicion of drugs offences and were later released under investigation.

The operation took place as part of an ongoing swathe of activity across the force to tackle organised crime, including drug and knife crime.

Operation Jemlock, the force’s ongoing initiative to reduce violent crime and knife crime in all parts of West Yorkshire, including Wakefield, has seen officers make in excess of 1,000 arrests in just six months since its launch in April 2019.

Commenting on October’s raids in Wakefield, Chief Inspector Matthew Scott, NPT lead for Wakefield Police, said:  “Drug crime and associated violent crime is an absolute blight on communities and we continue to focus on tackling this form of criminality with partner agencies within our city

“This week of action saw us take suspected heroin worth thousands of pounds off Wakefield’s streets as well as a number of offensive weapons including air pistols, knives and machetes.

“It is clearly good news that these drugs and weapons will not now be circulating in our communities.

“A full investigation is now underway following the seizures from Hatfield Street and we do continue to urge residents to contact us with intelligence about drugs crime.  Reports can be made in complete anonymity to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”

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