Warning as Doncaster police raids uncover 'jelly babies' laced with illegal drugs

Cannabis infused sweets have been found twice now by our officers in drugs raids in the west of Doncaster, writes Insp Adrian Luscombe.

By David Kessen
Wednesday, 23rd December 2020, 7:00 am

The most recent find was after a raid at Lime Tree Walk, Conisbrough on December 9. It follows on from a similar discovery when a warrant was carried out at The Homestead, Bentley, on November 26.

These brown, jelly baby style sweets are not something I had come across before, and it is a worrying trend. The idea of drugs in something that may appeal to children seems rather sinister, although there is no information suggesting children are being targeted. It is something for parents to be aware of.

Arrests were made after both raids.

Cannabis infused sweets found by South Yorkshire Police in Bentley. Picture: South Yorkshire Police

There has been action against drugs in Conisbrough recently.

On December 19, we obtained a partial closure order for a house on March Vale Rise, because of concerns over antisocial behaviour and suspected drug dealing. It means two people have been banned from the property for three months.

We will monitor the situation over the coming months.

We also raided a house at Woodlands Way, on November 27, where significant amounts of cannabis was found. A man was charged with possession of the drug.

Cannabis infused sweets found by South Yorkshire Police in Bentley. PIcture: South Yorkshire Police

We seized suspected class A and class B drugs after stopping a vehicle on Doncaster Road on December 2. The driver was arrested, and released while the substances are tested.

And a raid on a house on Dearne Street uncovered loose cannabis. There is no suspect at present and investigations continue.

On December 16, we saw success in Bentley with the arrest of a house burglary suspect. There had been a break-in on Hunt Lane, and officers found the suspect near the scene.

He has been arrested and charged. We are hoping that could reduce the number of burglaries over the Christmas period.

In Adwick, a raid uncovered a 77-plant cannabis cultivation set-up on South Street on November 22 after we went round to investigate a suspicious incident. Another suspicious incident led us to find another set-up on West Avenue on December 8.

In Woodlands we arrested and charged a suspected shoplifter on December 9, who had been on a criminal behaviour order.

And 88 cannabis plants were seized in a raid at Ingleborough Drive, Sprotbrough, on December 3.

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