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West Yorkshire 'County Lines' Crackdown Brings 11 Arrests

It's part of a recent National Crime Agency County Lines intensification week.

Police in West Yorkshire have arrested and charged 11 people and seized over £100,000 of Class A drugs as part of a national County Lines crime crackdown.

Officers from West Yorkshire Police’s Protective Services Crime played a significant part in a recent National Crime Agency County Lines intensification week after seizing significant amount of cash and drugs.

The national intensification week took place between May 13 and May 20, and in West Yorkshire officers undertook work to arrest suspects and also safeguard potential victims.

The intensification week saw 11 persons arrested across the county. They have all been charged and remanded for drugs and modern slavery act offences.  A vulnerable man and woman were also identified and safeguarded.

As part of the operation offices seized cocaine and cash to a value of £120,000, as well as a quantity of crack cocaine.

The West Yorkshire activity was carried out as part of the force’s ongoing Programme of action against Serious and Organised Crime known as Programme Precision.

Detective Superintendent Pat Twiggs, head of Serious and Organised Crime, said: “West Yorkshire Police are committed to tackling all forms of criminal exploitation including county lines through our ongoing work and activity under Programme Precision.

“During the recent national intensification week we deployed specialist officers and staff to tackle the issue head on and continue to develop our response and our understanding of this issue on a daily basis.

“It must really be stressed that the sort of enforcement work we have carried out as part of the NCA week, is ongoing constantly here in West Yorkshire.”

He added: “We would urge anyone with information or concerns to contact West Yorkshire Police or the independent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111”.

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