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Eight arrested in Keighley drugs and guns blitz
7:00am Thursday 21st February 2013 in Keighley
Eight arrests have been made in Keighley as part of a major police blitz on drugs and guns.
A suspected cannabis factory was also uncovered during the fortnight-long crime crackdown, codenamed Operation Sabredale.
And a man was arrested in Bradford as part of the initiative, resulting from the seizure of two guns in Keighley last December.
This week police chiefs hailed the raids as a major success. Chief Insp Dan Greenwood described the crackdown as “one of West Yorkshire’s biggest operational seizures of drugs, firearms and offensive weapons”.
Across Bradford district, drugs worth £1.3 million – along with 12 imitation guns, two stun guns and CS gas canisters – were seized.
Also, 130 vehicles and more than £290,000 in cash were found in a series of raids. A total of 100 arrests were made.
In Keighley, a warrant was executed at a house in Upper Hird Street and an amount of suspected cannabis recovered. A 17-year-old youth and a woman aged 41 were arrested on suspicion of possessing class B drugs with intent to supply.
Both were bailed pending further inquiries.
A suspected cannabis factory was discovered at an address in Pickles Street. A 41-year-old man was held on suspicion of producing cannabis and also possessing class A drugs with intent to supply. He was bailed as well.
Following a raid on a property in Devonshire Street, a 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods. And a 34-year-old man was held at a separate nearby address on suspicion of the same offence.
At Sand Street, a 30-year-old man wanted on warrant was arrested.
Also, two men – aged 32 and 23 – attended Keighley Police Station and were arrested, one on suspicion of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply and the other for alleged theft.
Chief Insp Greenwood added: “This is an indication of the level of our investigations over what are key priorities for both the police and the public.”
Anyone with information about the supply of drugs or guns should call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or the police on 101.