Drug raid is latest action as 128 members of organised crime groups jailed in Doncaster: Police column
We recently raided a house in Cantley '“Â and seized thousands of pounds worth of drugs,Â writes Det Ch Insp Paul Wilson.
The operation, onÂ Ewood Drive, on Monday November 5 was one of the latestÂ disruptionsÂ Â that we have carried out under the ongoing crackdown on organised crimeÂ hereÂ in Doncaster, it took a couple of thousand pounds worth of the most harmful Class AÂ drugs, heroin and cocaine,Â off the streets.
It resulted in an arrest, andÂ someoneÂ has been charged and remanded into prison by the courts
This was just the latest raid in a year which has seen us make life very tough for those who are involved in this sort of crime
Dealing with organised crime andÂ helpingÂ keep people away fromÂ makingÂ that sort ofÂ criminalÂ lifestyle decisionÂ Â is daily businessÂ for us.
And the figures show we are seeing success in that work.
Since January, we have seen 128 members of organised crime groups in Doncaster jailed, and carried out 112 raids after obtaining warrants from magistratesÂ solely in connection with organised crime, we have also seized:Â
- Six shotguns
- Two pistols
- 30 knives
- Five batons
- Two imitation firearms
- An amount of ammunition
- Â£150,000 worth of class A drugs
- Â£50,000 in cash
- 22 vehicles either used in or crime or obtained from criminal activity.
We areÂ making a difference, although we still have work to do. But we can see that we are having an impact on a day to day basis, when we look at measures such as the number of firearms discharged in the borough, and the number of serious assaults, which have fallen.
The impact we are havingÂ can also be seen in the number of people involved in organised crime in Doncaster who are now in prison. It is higher than many other police areas because of theÂ enforcementÂ work we have been doing here.
By example,Â In terms of firearms, itÂ was recently reported that there had been a gunÂ dischargedÂ Â at a house on Old Road, in Conisbrough. That was on October 24, and no one was injured
Since then, two people have been arrested in connection with that incident. One of those was an already-wanted male, who is currently in prison for a different crime. The otherÂ remainsÂ on bail.
But is is not just arrests that are taking forward the battle against organised crime.
We are also taking steps to prevent vulnerable young people from getting involved.
UnderÂ Operation FortifyÂ we areÂ also working with partners to betterÂ Â protect young people from criminal exploitation.
Sometimes children are tricked into working for organised criminal gangs. It might start with presentsÂ in returnÂ for looking after drugs,Â but quickly canÂ Â lead to the gangsÂ saying drugs have been lost or stolen and the child has a '˜debt' to work off and find themselves becoming even more vulnerable and at risk.
Vulnerable young people need to take real care of themselves not to fall foul of these '˜dysfunctional'Â role models who theyÂ mayÂ see wearing designerÂ clothes and perhaps driving expensive cars.Â There existence is a very dangerous one and these criminals are at risk from not only the Police but often badly beaten and robbed by other criminals.
This is NOT a glamourous lifestyle choice, the reality is sleepless nights and at 24 hour risk of extreme violence and/or imprisonment.
We are trying to identify young people who may be atÂ suchÂ risk, and we are working with partner organisations.Â We present on topics including exploitation and avoiding gang involvement atÂ schools across the borough.
We are also working with organisations like Doncaster Children's Services Trust, Doncaster Council, and local children's homesÂ to better support young people make wise choices.
WeÂ plan toÂ co-locate our officers with staff from some of ourÂ keyÂ partner organisationsÂ to better help prevent people being exploited into a criminal lifestyle.
We have a number of other projects planned under Operation Fortify.
One of those will see us working around the prisons in Doncaster, around prisoners, visitors, and would-be smugglers who may bring drugs and contraband into the jails.
We will be working withÂ HM Prison and Probation Service and the service's regional tactical support group.
FinallyÂ an appeal for witnesses and information.Â
In the early hours of Tuesday November 6, the Tesco in Hexthorpe was broken into. The ATM cash machine was attacked by three males. who took money. Someone has been arrested and bailed in connection with this, but we are still appealing for information.
Anyone with information, please call us on 101 quoting incident 103 of November 6.