York drug raids latest: Three arrested after cocaine and cannabis seized

A suspected cannabis grow discovered during the operation. Photograph: North Yorkshire Police
26 May 2020 @ 3.56 pm
| Crime

More information has emerged about a series of police raids which took place across York last week.

We reported last Friday (22 May) how officers had executed warrants and seized illegal drugs.

Now North Yorkshire Police have revealed more information about their operation.

They forced entry into four different properties and arrested three people.

At a house in Dunnington, two suspects – a 33-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman – were arrested.

At an address on Melrosegate, a 28-year-old man was arrested.

An amount of suspected illegal drugs were seized from both properties.

Cannabis grows

Photograph: North Yorkshire Police

All three suspects were arrested on suspicion of

  • possession of cocaine
  • abstracting electricity
  • possession with intent to supply Class A and Class B drugs, and
  • being concerned in the production of cannabis.

Officers also forced entry to a property in Clifton, where a number of cannabis grows were found, with complex wiring and water systems.

“The grows were forensically examined before being dismantled by officers,” a North Yorkshire Police spokesman said.

They also forced entry to a unit at a storage facility in Stamford Bridge. Inside, 15 small cannabis plants were located, along with two large bags of cannabis and a large quantity of growing equipment.

Public information vital

A door to one of the properties raided. Photograph: North Yorkshire Police

The suspects have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Inspector Lee Pointon, of York Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Information from members of the public is vital to help us tackle the production and supply of illegal drugs in our city.

“Please contact us if you suspect it’s going on in your area – your calls help us to build up a picture, and bring those involved to justice.

“We won’t hesitate to take robust action, as these latest warrants show.”

Residents are urged to look for tell-tale signs of drug dealing, such as:

  • Increased callers at a property, including unfamiliar vehicles pulling up for short periods of time
  • Increased anti-social behaviour at a property
  • Not seeing the residents for long periods of time
  • Windows covered or curtains closed for long periods

Do not approach anyone you suspect is involved in drug dealing. Please report it to the police on 101, or to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. If a person is in immediate danger, always call 999.