Heroin found in tin of baby food in Leeds

Some of the suspected heroin found in Bramley by a sniffer dog.
Some of the suspected heroin found in Bramley by a sniffer dog.
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Police found heroin in a tin of baby formula as they seized drugs worth £50,000 in a series of co-ordinated dawn raids in Leeds.

The class A drug was discovered in a pot in a flat in Bramley, where a sniffer dog also found suspected heroin concealed behind a bathroom panel.

Five people were arrested and a luxury car was seized as officers targeted 13 addresses across the city during a string of swoops.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Griffin, who led the operation, said: “These arrests and a seizure of this quantity will have a significant impact on the localised drug market and shows the priority and success we have in tackling drugs and organised crime across Leeds.”

The raids took place on Thursday and Friday morning.

The baby powder tin was found in a flat on Gamble Hill Croft in Bramley.

A 49-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs. Two other men, aged 24 and 23, were later arrested at properties in Pudsey and have been released on police bail.

In a separate raid on Friday officers seized a Bentley Continental car – which can sell for more than £100,000 new – from a property at Ireland Crescent in Ireland Wood.

The vehicle will undergo forensic examination to determine if it has been used to commit crimes.

A 33-year-old man was arrested from the same address with a 24-year-old man arrested from an address at Holtdale Place in Holt Park.

The raids, which were carried out under the Misuse of Drugs Act, formed part of West Yorkshire Police’s Operation Viper, which aims to target the county’s most prolific criminals and drive down crime.

Chief Superintendent Dickie Whitehead, who leads Operation Viper, said: “This latest activity further demonstrates our determination to tackle the highest level of organised criminality and I am pleased with the results from our two day operation across Leeds.

“The aim of Operation Viper is to make it as difficult as possible for those involved in crime. Removing drugs of this value from the local market ensures our communities are safer.”

Two senior officers from Operation Viper will be online at 7pm today for a live webchat.

To take part visit www.westyorkshire.police.ukand click on the ‘Viper’ section.

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