In a significant crackdown on organised criminal activity in Dewsbury, the local police have seized a potential £1 million worth of cannabis in their latest raid. The Dewsbury and Mirfield Neighbourhood Policing Team conducted an early morning operation on Thursday, January 25, targeting disused commercial premises on Wharf Mill in Ravensthorpe.
The operation carried out under the Misuse of Drugs Act, saw the collaboration of officers from the Dewsbury and Mirfield Neighbourhood Policing Team and the force’s Specialist Operational Support Unit, with technical assistance provided by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.
During the raid, more than 1500 large cannabis plants were discovered and subsequently recovered from the premises, which had been converted for large-scale cannabis production. The facility was secured, and forensic investigations are currently underway by specialist forensic officers.
This recent action follows a warrant executed last week at a separate location on Wharf Mill, where 100 cannabis plants and a quantity of stolen car parts were found. Police investigations into that particular offence are still ongoing.
Sergeant Stuart Clarke of the Dewsbury and Mirfield NPT, said: “This has clearly been a very large scale seizure of cannabis and has come about as a result of community intelligence which has been developed by our officers.
“This seizure, combined with the closure of a cannabis factory at another unit in this area recently, will have taken a substantial amount of potential profit out of the hands of organised criminals.
“We continue to ask anyone who has information about suspicious and criminal activity at this location or anywhere else in Dewsbury to contact officers at the NPT or the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously.
“I also again want to thank those who do come forwards with information and intelligence about crime in their communities.
“Organised drugs crime causes real, harm in our communities and your help makes a real impact in helping us put these people out of business.”
Individuals with information about suspected criminal activity can contact officers at the NPT or the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously at 0800 555 111.