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Two Arrested in York Drug Raids


3:10pm 8th May 2013

York police continued their fight against drugs with a series of morning raids in the west side of the city.

Officers targeted five addresses, where they conducted warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act to reaffirm their zero-tolerance approach to drug dealing in the York West Safer Neighbourhood area on Tuesday 7 May 2013.

The initiative labelled Operation Enable was set up to disrupt the activities of drug dealers and drug users in the local community and reassure residents that the police are taking positive action.

The warrants were conducted at properties on New Lane, York Road, Cornlands Road, Poppleton Road and Danebury Drive.

At the New Lane address, officers arrested a 32-year-old man on suspicion of possessing Class B drugs and possession of an offensive weapon.

A 34-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of possession of Class B drugs following searches at the property on Cornlands Road.

Both men remain in police custody for questioning.

Officers searching the property on York Road discovered a cannabis grow and recovered suspected stolen property including a bike and power tools.

A 40-year-old man at the Poppleton Road address was reported for summons for possession of a controlled drug.

Sergeant Helen Skelton, of York West Safer Neighbourhood, who led the day of police action, said: "I hope that today's activities send a clear message to anyone involved in drugs in the west of York that the police will not tolerate their actions.

"We will act on any information we receive about drug dealing in our community and if you are involved, you can expect a knock on your door in the near future.

"I also hope that local residents are reassured by our efforts today and they can be sure that drugs will not be tolerated and the police will take positive action.

"I urge the community to work with us and report anyone they suspect of drug dealing in their area."

The day of action was supported by City of York Council housing officers who were present at the warrants and a Lifeline drugs worker who also attended each address offering referral into drugs services and support.

Additional drugs workers were also available in the custody area to offer additional support and advice.

Local PCSO's patrolled the warrant areas providing the community with high visibility reassurance and leaflets informing them of the police's activities and how to get support if they have been affected by the warrants in any way.

Sgt Skelton added: "Today's operation was very much a multi-agency effort and I am grateful to all the other organisations who supported us.

"Their ongoing assistance is vital in the fight against drugs in our communities and we will continue to work together in the future to tackle this issue."

Operation Joypad which focuses on burglary and auto crime prevention was also run today in the Scarcroft Road and Tadcaster Road areas of York.

PCSOs checked security on homes and vehicles and gave crime prevention advice to local residents. Over 80 cars were checked.

Also as part of the day of action, the Force's Roads Policing Group conducted a one hour speed enforcement operation on Wetherby Road, York.

During the operation two people were stopped for speeding offences, one vehicle was stopped for no insurance or MOT and one driver was given verbal advice for carrying excessive load on a vehicle.

Over 30 officers were involved in the day of action.

If you would like to report drug dealing in your area, contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 - select option 1 - and pass information to the Force Control Room.

If you wish to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111.

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