Class A drugs with a street value up to £50,000 have been taken off the streets of Leeds following a series of early morning raids by police.
Officers from West Yorkshire Police’s Operation Viper and the Leeds District Burglary Team joined forces to target 13 addresses across the north west area of the city in raids that took place across Thursday and Friday of last week.
Five people were arrested during the course of the operation on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
Over half a kilo of suspected class A heroin was found in a flat within the Gamble Hill Croft complex in Bramley.
Within the property, officers working with a specialised drugs dog found the class A substance behind a panel in the bathroom. Other smaller amounts were also found within a tin of baby powder.
A 49-year-old man was arrested from the property on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs and has since been released on police bail. Two other men aged 24 and 23 were also arrested on Thursday morning from separate addresses in Pudsey and have been released on bail.
In a raid on Friday morning, officers seized a Bentley Continental car from outside a property on Ireland Crescent. The vehicle has been recovered for forensic examination to determine if any offences have been committed in relation to its use or possession. A 33-year-old man was arrested from the same address with a 24-year-old male arrested from a property at Holtdale Place in Holt Park. Both men have since been released on police bail.
The raids, which were carried out under the Misuse of Drugs Act, formed part of West Yorkshire Police’s Operation Viper, which aims to target the county’s most prolific criminals and drive down crime.
Chief Superintendent Dickie Whitehead, who leads Operation Viper, said: “This latest activity further demonstrates our determination to tackle the highest level of organised criminality and I am pleased with the results from our two day operation across Leeds.
“The aim of Operation Viper is to make it as difficult as possible for those involved in crime. Removing drugs of this value from the local market ensures our communities are safer and feel safer.”
Two senior officers from West Yorkshire Police’s major crime offensive Operation Viper will be online tonight, Monday, from 7pm to take your questions as part of a live webchat. To speak to the officers you can follow this webchat link and register your email address or click on the link from 6.50pm tonight.