£100k drugs bust during Viper strikes

Part of the cannabis farm uncovered in Halifax
Part of the cannabis farm uncovered in Halifax

A cannabis farm was uncovered during Operation Viper strikes in Calderdale which resulted in eight arrests.

Viper is West Yorkshire Police’s major crackdown initiative which puts resources into designated areas.

Following a raid at Thrum Hall Drive, Pellon, officers found 25, six foot cannabis plants with a potential yield in excess of £100,000. A 31-year-old man was arrested from the scene on suspicion of producing a Class B drug.

Elsewhere, a 20-year-old man was arrested at Stanningley Road, Mixenden, on suspicion of two burglary offences and an assault.

A 41-year-old man was arrested from a property on Hunter Hill Road, Mixenden, in connection with a burglary at Dean Clough.

Further arrests included a 39-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and a 30-year-old man was taken into custody following an incident of assault and criminal damage.

Three other people were arrested in connection with separate offences of theft, breach of bail and a warrant for arrest in connection with an incident of driving whilst disqualified.

Chief Supt Dickie Whitehead said: “This type of arrest operation is what Viper is all about. We are looking to strike at the heart of criminality and put the fear of crime back onto criminals themselves.

“This is one of a number of proactive tactics we are employing and similar action in Leeds recently helped to reduce incidents of burglary by over 20% year-on-year.

“The seizure of significant amount of class B drugs removes them from the local market.”