DETECTIVES in Sheffield have issued five photographs of youths they want to speak to in connection with drug offences.
The pictures have been issued as part of a police probe - which has so far led to 80 arrests - into suspected drug dealing and gang-related activity across Sheffield.
Raids have been carried out over recent weeks as part of Operation Mach, an 18-month undercover operation aimed at identifying city drug dealers and those linked to postcode gangs.
Superintendent Peter Norman, who is leading Operation Mach, said: “During the course of the investigation we have been able to identify a number of young people who we now know were able to provide vital information that has assisted our enquiries.
“However, I am now appealing to the public to assist us in our efforts to identify five young men who may be able to progress the investigation even further.
“If they recognise themselves, I would like them to make contact with me so I can arrange for them to be seen as soon as possible.”
The aim of Operation Mach was to break up postcode gangs, reduce the amount of drugs on Sheffield’s streets, and identify youths who are at risk of becoming embroiled in gangs and of placing themselves at risk of serious violence.
Of the 80 men and women arrested, 60 have been charged with offences relating to the supply of controlled drugs.
The other 20 have been bailed pending inquiries.
More arrests are expected.
Supt Norman added: “Can I once again thank members of the public and especially young people who have telephoned and written in with information relating to the inquiry.
“Their assistance has been invaluable.”
Anyone who can dientify these five young men or has any information should call South Yorkshire Police on 0114 220 2020 quoting incident number 514 of 09/02/11, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.