Drugs, cash and gun seized by cops during road checks

Seized: PC Nick Brannan with a seized Mazda 6, Vauxhall Astra and a Kawasaki quadbike
Seized: PC Nick Brannan with a seized Mazda 6, Vauxhall Astra and a Kawasaki quadbike

DRUGS, cash and a firearm were seized by police during an operation to target criminals in Calderdale.

Officers from Halifax north and east neighbourhood policing team worked with roads policing officers to tackle people using roads to break the law.

The people they stopped included two men – aged 37 and 20 – who were apprehended on Cragg Lane in Wheatley, Halifax, and arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs with intent to supply.

Heroin, crack cocaine, money and a firearm were found and seized, along with a car. The men have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

The operation also saw two stolen quad bikes recovered after a tip off from a member of the public. The bikes, believed to have been taken during burglaries in Hebden Bridge and Queensbury, were found when officers searched wasteland at the back of Sunnybank Road in Mixenden, Halifax, last Thursday and have been sent for forensic examination.

While the bikes were being recovered, a police vehicle was damaged. Officers are appealing for anyone with information about the damage to call them on 0845 6060606.

A day later, roads policing officers patrolling the Furness Drive area of Illingworth, Halifax, stopped a vehicle and arrested a 44-year-old man on suspicion of supplying drugs. The driver was found to have no insurance for the vehicle and it was seized. When they searched a building, officers found 32 suspected cannabis plants and growing equipment. The man has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

On the same day, neighbourhood policing officers on patrol in the Brackenbed area of Halifax stopped a man riding a motorcycle. When they found he had already been slapped with a warning for anti-social riding, the motorcycle was seized.

Inspector Stuart Spencer, who leads Halifax North and East neighbourhood policing team, said crime was down on their patch by around 13 per cent compared to this time last year.

“Officers from North and East, along with roads policing and CID, will continue to target people believed to be using vehicles to commit crime,” he added.