POLICE seized heroin worth £6,000 in a series of drugs raids in Sheffield - and hailed their success as a ‘real victory for the good people of Wybourn’.
The Class A drug stash was found hidden under a garden post on Maltravers Terrace, Wybourn, during a series of co-ordinated strikes at the homes of suspected dealers.
Police stormed into the house nearby as homes on nearby Boundary Road and Manor Oaks Close were also raided in a carefully timed operation.
The co-ordinated strikes were aimed at taking suspects by surprise and preventing them from spreading word of the enforcement action among the drug dealing fraternity before officers arrived.
South Yorkshire Police said the raids were organised as part of the on-going war against drug dealers in the city.
It follows a recent period of unrest on the Wybourn estate after a series of retribution attacks linked to the shooting of a 15-year-old boy near Boundary Road on Sunday, February 19.
The gun attack sparked a series of tit-for-tat incidents including a stabbing and a violent attack which left a 20-year-old man fighting for life.
Arson attacks and incidents of criminal damage to cars and homes were also linked to the trouble, which led to round-the-clock police patrols on the estate to restore calm and deter warring groups from further clashes.
Inspector Paul Ferguson, of Sheffield East Safer Neighbourhood Area, which mounted Wednesday’s drugs raids, said: “Following the incidents of violence and unrest in the Wybourn area, my team have received numerous pieces of intelligence from residents in the area who are determined to work with us to counter the problem of drugs in their community.
“The Wybourn community does not want the blight of drugs on their streets and nor do we.
“The search warrants we executed on Wednesday and the arrests that followed, were all due to people telling us what they hear and see.
“Without this information we would not have been able to take a substantial quantity of suspected Class A drugs out of circulation.
“This was a real victory for the good people of Wybourn.
“It sends a message to the very small minority, that together we will not tolerate such crimes which harm communities and people’s lives.”