Guns seized in dealer raids

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DAWN raids have been carried out at dozens of Halifax homes in the second wave of a police hunt for some of Calderdale’s biggest drug dealers,

Officers swooped on addresses across Halifax town centre and the Park ward looking for the Mr Bigs of the drug world.

Over three days, 26 people were arrested and charged with various drug-related offences including supplying Class A and B drugs. As well as drugs, two cars and two firearms were also seized.

The raids are the second phase of Operation Irondale - a crackdown on drugs and serious organised crime - which was launched in January with a series of raids across Calderdale.

Then, around 100 police officers were involved in the strikes and 57 people were arrested and charged with drug-related offences.

Superintendent Stan Bates, head of operations for Calderdale Police, said: “Irondale is a major operation against people who have no consideration for the lives they are ruining through their drug dealing.

“I said back in January that this was not a one off and the nature and the scale of this ongoing operation demonstrated our commitment to dealing with criminals in Calderdale who cause misery in our communities.”

Detective Inspector Gary Stephenson, from Calderdale CID, said intensive investigations using information passed to police by the community had been carried out in the lead up to the raids.

“It would not have been possible without their support,” he said.

The police have pledged to continue to tackle drug dealers and urged residents to get in touch if they had information that could help their work.

Detective Chief Inspector Terry Long, who leads Calderdale CID, said: “We are aware of the damage drug dealing causes and we want to try and tackle it.

“We want people to feel safe and not have to worry about people stood on street corners dealing drugs.”

Anyone with information about drug dealing should call police on 0845 6060606 or CrimeStoppers, where information can be passed on anonymously, on 0800 555111.