Police make 14 arrests and seize £100k drugs in "targeted day of action"

Police make 14 arrests and seize £100k drugs in "targeted day of action"

By Chris Brayford | 05/05/2022

Police make 14 arrests and seize £100k drugs in 'targeted day of action'
Cannabis plants uncovered after a successful operation in Doncaster yesterday (May 4)

POLICE seized drugs worth £100,000 and arrested 14 people during a “targeted day of action” yesterday.

Around 120 officers took to the streets of Doncaster as part of Operation Duxford.

Officers conducted enforcement and engagement activities in areas including Edlington, Bentley, Woodlands, Scawsby and Roman Ridge.

In total, 14 arrests were made for a variety of offences, including production of drugs, possession with intent to supply, shoplifting and assault.

Seven drugs warrants were executed with 100 cannabis plants, a large quantity of bagged cannabis and a quantity of cash recovered from various properties.

The drugs were worth an estimated £100,000. 

Also, close to 100 vehicles were stopped, along with high visibility patrols in hotspot areas.

Doncaster District Commander Chief Supt Ian Proffitt said: “Operation Duxford is all about showing our communities that we are listening to them and tackling the issues that they have told us matter most to them.

“The additional resources provided by specialist teams from across the force allow us to make a big impact during a day of action, executing warrants, making arrests and providing reassurance to residents.

“It is also a great opportunity to work with our partners at Doncaster Council and St Leger Housing to deliver engagement and crime prevention activity in key areas.

“I understand that no matter how successful these days of action are, there will always be more to be done. That’s why I would like to thank those residents who took the time to speak to officers yesterday.

"It is only by working together that we will create the communities that everyone in Doncaster deserves.”

Speaking about the issue of drugs, Mr Proffitt said that Operation Duxford “helps to disrupt criminal activity” and protect the community.

He added: “The production of cannabis is often closely linked to other serious and violent crime. 

“Work like this as part of Operation Duxford yesterday helps to disrupt criminal activity and prevent other crime, as well as protecting our communities by keeping these drugs off our streets.”