1. ITV Report

21 arrested in Huddersfield drugs operation

Over £140,000 worth of drugs has been seized and 21 people arrested during a three-day operation across Huddersfield.

18 addresses were visited this week as part of the operation Credit: West Yorkshire Police

The operation began in June this year, when officers in Kirklees started to gather evidence of criminality in the District around drug production and supply.

Kirklees District Police were supported by armed police, dog section and officers from all Districts across West Yorkshire. 18 addresses across Huddersfield were visited including Crosland Moor, Marsh, Lindley, Almondbury, Paddock, Milnsbridge and Birkby this week.

17 people were arrested for offences of Conspiracy to produce and supply Class B drugs, possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and public order offences. All have been released pending further investigation. A further four people were arrested prior to the arrest operation who have also been released pending further enquiries.

During the operation, a significant amount of drugs and cash was seized from the properties including £134,000 of Class A drugs and £7,000 of Class B drugs and approximately £11,000 in cash.

We have carried out a highly successful three-day operation throughout Kirklees in relation to a number of offences.

Overall a total of 21 people have been arrested for various offences including a number of drugs offences and in connection with recent firearms incidents in the District. My message to everybody in Kirklees is that we will not tolerate firearms and drugs on our streets and, to those who are involved in this type of criminality, we will come for you.

This was an intelligence led operation and it is important that we work with our communities and partners to identify, arrest and convict anyone who is involved in any kind of crime that involves drugs or firearms.

– Detective Chief Inspector Tony Nicholson of Kirklees CID