Covert police operation seizes £1 million of drugs

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A covert police investigation into an alleged drugs operation has recovered 14kg of class A substances with a street value of around £1 million.

Another £250,000 in cash was seized and six people have been charged after officers raided properties across Tinsley, Sheffield city centre, Gleadless, Frecheville and Rotherham, as well as West Yorkshire.

Another three people were arrested in connection with the lengthy investigation .

Dubbed Operation Magical, it has been looking into a suspected drugs supply chain believed to be based in Sheffield and working with criminal gangs in London as well as the two counties.

Temporary Detective Inspector Paul Wilson said: “The number of arrests made and charges brought over the last two days is testament to the dedication and determination of a small group of officers who have worked solely on this covert investigation since the summer last year.

“The investigation was designed to target the supply and distribution of heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine between organised criminal gangs and is still ongoing.

“I hope the police action over the past two days offer some reassurance to the vast majority of the law abiding public.

“If anyone has any concerns or any information regarding suspected drugs activity I would encourage them to make contact with the police.”

Thenveer Hussain, 31, of Sheffield Road, Tinsley, has been charged with nine offences of conspiracy to supply class A drugs, namely heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Ricky Kitchen, 22, of Callow Drive, Gleadless, and Liam Kitchen, 23, of Plowright Way, Gleadless, have both been charged with five offences each of conspiracy to supply class A drugs, namely heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Raja Khan, 28, of St Lawrence Road, Tinsley, has been charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering.

A 28 and 33-year-old man arrested in South Yorkshire on suspicion of conspiracy to commit money laundering have been bailed pending further police -enquiries.