44 years for drug offenders

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Seventeen people charged with drug offences were sentenced to a combined 44 years in jail at Bradford Crown Court yesterday.

The defendants, ten of whom received sentences of three years or more including one of five years, were all arrested as part of July’s phase of Operation Sabredale, an ongoing initiative aimed at removing drugs and guns from the streets of Bradford.

More than 250 warrants have been executed since Sabredale was introduced across the district last summer, leading to more than 200 arrests as well as the seizure of £500,000 in cash and nearly £2 million worth of drugs.

Inspector George Bardell, who leads the Great Horton and Little Horton Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We are very grateful to our communities for their support of Operation Sabredale. They have shown that drugs and guns are not welcome.

“Our residents have provided us with intelligence which has enabled us to make some notable arrests, and we will continue to work with the public and our partner agencies to remove negative role models from our communities.”

Anyone with information on drugs is asked to contact the non emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.