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Suspected drug dealers arrested in Sheffield after 21 house raids

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Ten suspected county lines drug dealers have been arrested after a six-month operation to disrupt organised crime in Sheffield and beyond.

Officers from South Yorkshire Police made the arrests yesterday (June 9) after raids on 21 addresses that had suspected links to the supply and storage of Class A drugs.

As well as the arrests, police have also recovered over £2,000 in cash, Class A drugs, a gun, other weapons and numerous mobile phones during the operation, which commenced in December last year.

The operation was launched as a direct response to firearms-related incidents in South Sheffield.

DCI Paul Murphy, of the Armed Crime Team said: “Drugs and violent crime are inextricably linked. We have known for some time that the firearms discharges across the city are the work of feuding organised crime groups.

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“The supply of Class A drugs brings violence and exploitation to our streets, and fear and intimidation to our communities. This week sees us respond on an unprecedentedly large scale, targeting county lines gangs who operate not only in Sheffield, but further afield.”

Insidious county lines gangs operate by “systematically” moving vulnerable adults and children between counties, police have said.

Vulnerable adults and children are also moved between urban and rural areas, as dealers work to widen their criminal network and supply drugs to new markets.

DCI Murphy continued: “The past few months have seen detectives identify a significant number of drug lines operating in a relatively small area; this is what leads to turf war and the resulting violence.

Drugs, cash and mobile phones seized by police
Drugs, cash and mobile phones seized by police
(Image: South Yorkshire Police)

“It cannot be underestimated the damage that the gangs operating these lines can really do, and I hope this week’s action by us and our partners serves to reassure communities in Sheffield that we are listening, we are taking action, and we do work relentlessly to keep the city safe.”

The operation has been run in partnership with the National County Lines Coordination Centre, British Transport Police, Home Office, National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU).

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Police are now asking for anyone with information relating to county lines operations or the supply of Class A drugs to get in touch.

Information can be passed to police by calling 101, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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