Police officers from West Yorkshire, acting based on information provided by the community, have carried out search warrants at residences located in the College Grove vicinity of Wakefield. This operation has led to the confiscation of approximately £500,000 worth of illicit drugs and a substantial sum of money.

Eight individuals, comprising six men and two women, have been apprehended due to their involvement in various offences. These charges encompass possession with the intention to distribute both Class A and Class B drugs, permitting a property to be employed for the distribution of Class A drugs, and engaging in money laundering.

The execution of these warrants occurred over two days, commencing on the 30th of August and concluding on the 31st of August. The properties targeted were situated on Pinderfields Road and Duke of York Street.

Inspector Paul Fraser, of Wakefield Central NPT, said: “This work demonstrates our drive to make the communities of Wakefield safer.

“These substantial seizures would not have been possible without the collaboration of our most important partners – the residents of Wakefield. Operation Meritend has been led by ward managers PC David Pickering and PCSO Julie Bond whose close bonds with the community have resulted in this actionable intelligence from concerned residents. It is by working together with the communities we serve that we can make such an impact.

“We know there is more work to do, and we will continue to be incessant with our approach.

“I would urge anyone who has any information about drug production or supply in their area to please report it, so that it can be acted on like we have done in this case.”

Anyone with information about drug offences or concerns about suspicious activity at a premises in their community can report it to the police by using 101 Live Chat online or by calling 101. There is also a specific online reporting form for reporting drug use or drug dealing which is available at: Report drug use / drug dealing | West Yorkshire Police.