Drug-hunt cops swoop in Leeds city centre.

SWOOP: Officers force entry at one of the addresses.

SWOOP: Officers force entry at one of the addresses.

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POLICE arrested a man and seized vehicles and jewellery when they swooped on five addresses as part of a drug dealing and money laundering investigation.

Properties in Crown Street near the Corn Exchange in Leeds city centre and others in Woodhouse, Little London and Rothwell were raided by officers from the City and Rothwell Neighbourhood Policing teams in a detailed planned operation.

A 35-year-old Rothwell man was arrested on suspicion of drug dealing and money laundering offences as the officers executed four warrants as part of the simultaneous raids.

The operation was set up and the warrants obtained after information had been passed to police from the local communities.

During the swoops the police seized five Rolex watches as well as an Alfa Romeo car on an 04 registration plate, and a 56 plate 4 x 4 Jeep.

No drugs were recovered at any of the properties.

Detectives from the City and Holbeck Division’s Proceeds of Crime Team will now carry out a separate financial investigation to establish whether any assets – including the two vehicles and watches – were obtained using money made from criminal activities.

If it can be established that any assets were acquired using the proceeds of crime, officers can apply to the courts to confiscate them.

Officers will then use any cash seized, or made from the sale of such assets, to fund community projects or similar investigations.

Insp Richard Clarke, who leads the City Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Drugs do not pose a major problem in our city because of the hard work we put in to keep them out. Warrants like this are a prime example of this work, and we will be keeping up the pressure on those who do deal in our city to prevent them becoming negative role models for our communities and to show them that crime doesn’t pay.

“People who live, work or socialise in Leeds are our best weapon in our efforts to combat drug dealing. I would encourage anyone with information regarding drug dealing in the city to contact the City NPT on 0845 6060606 or 0113 2413101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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