£40,000 cash and cannabis plants seized as police swoop on 40 Doncaster homes
Police seized £40,000 in cash, 600 cannabis plants and arrested people on suspicion of money laundering, drug cultivation and entering the country illegally after a huge swoop on a Doncaster suburb.
Police and other officials poured into Hexthorpe yesterday and targted nearly 40 addresses, carrying out a number of arrests.
The area has been plagued by anti-social behaviour and numerous drug dens in recent years with fed-up residents calling for action.
Now South Yorkshire Police has revealed the multi-agency operation which saw heavy police activity throughout the day in streets off Hexthorpe Road saw officers seize cannabis plants and a huge amount of cash.
Police from Doncaster Central Neighbourhood Team worked alongside officials from Doncaster Council, immigration services and Northern Powergrid.
A spokesman said: “Yesterday, police officers from Doncaster Central Neighbourhood visited 39 addresses on a number of different streets in search of cannabis cultivations, illegal immigrants and council tax verification.
"Our partnership efforts resulted in three males being arrested on suspicion of being involved in the cultivation of cannabis and over 600 plants recovered from three separate addresses.
"A further two were arrested at a fourth address on suspicion of money laundering and entering the country illegally. £40,000 in cash was seized during the subsequent house raid.
“This operation took several weeks to plan and supported previous and ongoing enforcement action taking place in the area.
"It also highlighted the importance of local community support and the need to report suspicious activity to the police."
Residents in Hexthorpe say a number of police vans and officers were seen throughout the day, with the operation focusing on areas such as Abbott Street, Ellerker Avenue, Spansyke Street and Stoneclose Avenue, all of which radiate from Hexthorpe Road.
In recent months, residents have complained of numerous power cuts from drug dens in the area, with police already carrying out a number of raids and seizing plants.
Anyone with information can contact 101, online with South Yorkshire Police or anonymously via Crimestoppers.