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Selby crack down on drugs.


5:52am 9th December 2010

£1million drugs haul for Selby police

Selby police have seized drugs and cultivation equipment worth £1million during a hugely successful operation.

Over the past five months officers have been working across the Selby District on Operation Orate – a crackdown on the supply of drugs and related crime in the area.

The operation was established in response to concerns raised by residents at Joint Action Group (JAG) meetings and the local Community Engagement Forum, about drugs issues in Selby.

Officers, supported by reliable intelligence – often from the community, have since been proactively targeting criminals believed to be involved in the supply of illegal drugs and related offences, such as burglary and theft.

During the operation, police have raided numerous properties suspected of being used in the production of cannabis and have conducted a total of 39 drugs warrants and made 103 arrests.

Between 15 June 2010 and 30 November 2010, police have seized £745,000 of cannabis, £250,000 worth of equipment used in the cultivation of cannabis, and Class A drugs with a street value of £5000.

Police have also made 77 cannabis seizures and confiscated Class A drugs on 15 occasions since the operation began.


Large cannabis seizures

During the operation officers discovered cannabis factories at a number of properties, which were set up to produce large amounts of the drug.

* On Monday 22 November 2010 officers conducting a drugs warrant at a farm in Biggin found 162 cannabis plants at various stages of development.

The property also contained lights and other equipment commonly used in the cultivation of cannabis.

A 41-year-old man from Sherburn in Elmet was arrested at the farm on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis. He was later released on bail to allow police to continue their investigations.

As a result of further enquiries, a 31-year-old man from York was arrested on Thursday 25 November 2010 on suspicion of being concerned in the production of a Class B drug.

He has also been released on police bail as enquiries continue.

* Two men were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the production of cannabis following a raid at an industrial estate on Lunn Lane, Beal, on Sunday 8 August 2010.

Officers found 194 cannabis plants spread over three rooms at the location which were kitted out with sophisticated cultivation equipment.

The two suspects, a 67-year-old man from Pontefract and a 30-year-old man from Scunthorpe are currently on police bail as enquiries continue.

* On Wednesday 28 July 2010 officers attended an industrial unit in Carr Street after information from a member of the public suggested that there was a cannabis factory at the premises.

As the unit was secured, officers obtained a drugs search warrant before returning and finding a lorry-sized container housing 120 cannabis plants, many of which had already been harvested.

The remaining plants and hydroponic equipment were seized from the container and enquiries are ongoing to identify who was responsible for the factory.

* A cannabis grow of 60 plants was discovered in a loft when officers conducted a warrant at a property on Volta Street, on Thursday 16 September 2010.

Police also found equipment commonly used in the cultivation of cannabis.

A 39-year-old local man was arrested in connection with the production of the plants and has been released on police bail as enquiries continue.


It is estimated that each plant of cannabis seized during the operation carries a street value of between £800 and £1000 per plant.

Aside from the four large seizures, outlined above, the remaining warrants conducted produced an average of 50 plants each.

In addition to the plants, police also seized cultivation equipment at each warrant they conducted, valued at between £5000 and £10,000, depending on the size of the cannabis grow.

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