DRUG dens across the Dearne were raided in a three-day police operation to tackle local crime.
From November 21 to 23, 16 cannabis plants and 2.9kg of cannabis with a street value of approximately £36,000 was seized from properties on Doncaster Road in Darfield, Dove Close in Bolton-on-Dearne and Whinside Crescent in Thurnscoe. Two arrests were made, of a 53-year-old man at Dove Close and a 26-year-old man at Whinside Crescent, both on suspicion of production of cannabis. In Doncaster, a 29-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman were arrested at a property on Maple Road, Mexborough, on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis. A sum of £3,000 in cash was seized. Another arrest was made on Maple Road, of a 38-year-old man for possession of a controlled substance. In Rotherham, 13 cannabis plants were seized, with a street value of approximately £4,000, from properties on Cliffe Road in Brampton, Carnley Street in West Melton and Burman Road and Keble Martin Way in Wath. A report on summons on suspicion of production of cannabis was given to a 35-year-old man at Cliffe Road and a 38-year-old man at Keble Martin Way. A caution for cultivation of cannabis was handed to a 49-year-old man at Burman Road.
A 19-year-old man was given an £80 fine plus a street caution for possession of cannabis on Lesley Road in Goldthorpe, and a 17-year-old male was reported on summons after he was stopped and found to be in possession of cannabis on Browning Road at Mexborough. Two men were arrested for non-payment of fines, a 45-year-old from Bolton-on-Dearne and a 32-year-old from Mexborough. Various other drugs including steroids, temazepam, subutex and amphetamines were seized from properties on Low Grange Road, High Street and Westside Crescent in Thurnscoe and Market Square in Barnsley. Three drivers were reported on summons for traffic offences, two drivers were given fines for not wearing a seat belt and one driver’s vehicle was seized for failing to have insurance in the Thurnscoe area.
A quad bike was picked up on Cumley Bank in Mexborough from a 23-year-old man for riding in an antisocial manner.
A passive drugs operation took place on Friday evening at licensed premises in Wath, Swinton, Bolton-on-Dearne, Goldthorpe, Thurnscoe and Barnsley Town Centre. Eight premises were checked and in three, a small quantity of discarded bags of drugs was discovered. This resulted in a verbal caution, an £80 fine and a section 27 dispersal notice being handed to three individuals. High visibility patrols were conducted as well as reassurance and engagement with the public. Crime prevention advice was given out. Chief Inspector Gwyn Thomas who led the operation for Doncaster said: “This operation has been about officers from the three towns working more closely together in the Dearne area. “Criminals travel and do not operate within boundaries. In Swinton, Goldthorpe and Mexborough, similar crimes are being committed by the same people, and by joining our resources we are able to combat crime in the Dearne area much more effectively.” Chief Inspector Simon Wanless leading for Barnsley said: “The results of this operation have demonstrated that by working together and being visible in the Dearne area, we are able to reassure the public that as a Force we are committed to tackling crimes in key areas and targeting criminals.” Chief Inspector Ian Womersley leading for Rotherham said: “South Yorkshire Police will continue to share resources to not only bring offenders before the courts but seize their assets, which are often illegally gained.”