Police drugs bust on estate

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POLICE swooped on five homes in a drugs raid on a Castleford estate last week.

More than 40 officers from Castleford neighbourhood policing team (NPT) and Wakefield division’s Operation Grassland Team raided five addresses in Westwood Road, Cutsyke, last Thursday and arrested five people.

A 17-year-old male was arrested and charged with possession with intent to supply and a 27-year-old man was charged with possession of drugs.

A 53-year-old man and 22-year-old man were released on police bail pending further enquiries and a 48-year-old-woman was released without charge.

Insp Dave Bugg, who led the operation, said: “It was very successful, we got four targets at five addresses. We’ve been building up intelligence for a couple of months and the public can get frustrated that we are not acting upon it.

“But it’s important we piece the big picture together. We don’t want to do piecemeal, we want to make sure we make as much impact as we can.

“The intention was to disrupt the activity and have an impact on future crime. The links to drugs and dealing were obviously well known and I think overall the success of the operation is what we’re hearing from the public – everyone is really supportive of what we have done.”

Insp Bugg said they had been gathering information from the public over a period of 18 months in relation to drug dealing in and around the estate.

During the raid, officers seized a quantity of what was believed to be class B drugs along with cash and drugs paraphernalia.

The warrants were carried out with assistance from Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) who will investigate any possible tenancy breaches.

Steve Rawson, WDH executive director of operations, said: “We take a particularly strong stance against drug-related crime and anti-social behaviour, and never hesitate to take action.

“We will continue to work closely with the police and residents to tackle drug crime, to ensure that people feel safe in their homes and local communities.”