POLICE chiefs in Sheffield have vowed to do all they can to stop dealers moving into communities to take over from 27 men, women and teenagers locked up for a total of 67 years for flooding the city’s streets with drugs.
The pledge to crack down on dealers tempted to profit from the jail sentences handed down to their rivals came after some fears were raised that others had already moved in to take over from those caught in the 18-month undercover police operation.
Coun Jillian Creasy, who covers Broomhall, said drug dealing was still a problem in her community.
But Superintendent Peter Norman, who led the operation, said: “I hope the prison sentences given out yesterday serve as a very strong deterrent to anybody considering involvement in drug dealing.
“Every young person has the right to feel safe where they live, where they meet their friends or where they study.
“The operation has shown me our local communities and young people will not tolerate drug dealing, gang-related activity or the crime and anti-social behaviour that accompanies it - and nor should they.
“South Yorkshire Police will not tolerate these kind of issues and our work to reduce drug-related problems will continue.
“Sheffield is a safer place as a result of this operation and we will continue to work with our communities to identify anyone who attempts to take the place of these jailed individuals. If people do, they face arrest, prosecution and prison.
“This operation lasted over a year and we have worked very closely with Sheffield Council and the various youth services across the city on a variety of projects to ensure young people don’t fall into the trap of becoming involved in gang-related activity, crime and anti-social behaviour.
Among the 27 sentenced for dealing or being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs were five teenagers aged between 15 and 17, including a 16-year-old who received a two-year detention and training order for seven counts of supplying Class A drugs and possessing cocaine with intent to supply.
He told undercover officers he was ‘sending out his young one’ with their drugs to Mount Pleasant Park.
The teenager, who cannot be named, also sold heroin and cocaine on The Moor and at Sheffield bus station.