Sheffield communities targeted in police crackdown on drugs

Three people were arrested during a police campaign on crime in Sheffield’s Sharrow and Heeley areas last week, which saw police execute 11 warrants.

Over £21,000 in cash was recovered along with over £1,000 worth of heroin and cocaine and a quantity of cannabis.

Ninety electronic devices thought to have been used in the trafficking of drugs for organised crime were also recovered along with 12 knives and a sword.

During last week’s series of warrants, two men and one woman were arrested.

Courtney Wild, 25, and Rafat Saleh, 43, both from the Woodseats area, were charged with possession with intent to supply and conspiracy to supply class A drugs following a warrant at a property in Heeley.

David Leadwood, 46, from the Pitsmoor area, who was wanted by police for shoplifting offences, was also located within one of the addresses and charged with theft.

Detective Inspector Matt Lavender, from Sheffield’s Operation Fortify team, said: “Last week’s activity forms part of an ongoing significant operation in Sharrow and surrounding area to tackle drug dealing and the damage it inflicts on communities.”

Police have received reports linked to Organised Crime Groups, who are involved in the supply of class A and B controlled drugs and in the production of cannabis.

Det Insp Lavender said: “I want to make it very clear to those out there intent on committing a crime that our activity does not stop here, and we will continue to deliver a range of targeted activity to track you down and put you in front of the courts. We’re coming after you, and we will catch you.”

Tackling the production and supply of controlled drugs is a role which spans all policing teams across the district.

However, one of the main focuses of efforts sits with Operation Fortify and the city’s five Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs).

Superintendent Benn Kemp, from Sheffield’s district command team, said: “Working alongside Operation Fortify, our Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs) play a vital role in tackling organised crime via educational inputs within schools, intelligence development, reassurance patrols and direct engagement with our communities who are impacted by the crime happening in the local area.”

Written by Elim Lau

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