Drugs and guns seized in blitz on organised crime in Doncaster

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Police seized thousands of pounds worth of drugs and guns during a police operation to target organised crime.

More than 30 people were arrested and drugs worth more than £20,000 were netted during a series of raids on suspected drug dens in Mexborough and Denaby.

Specialist police teams executed 20 search warrants, including nine in the Schofield Street, Mexborough, and surrounding streets, during Operation Axis in October and November.

Mexborough police sergeant Melissa Gill said: “We have executed warrants, conducted patrols and seized firearms as well as drugs, taking these risks off the streets and making the town a safer place for residents.”

Three firearms were recovered during the raids, as well as a quantity of homemade fireworks, £2000 cash and cannabis worth over £20,000. Police also seized two tonnes of bricks and other items that could possibly be used as missiles from a park in Schofield Street.

Police worked alongside representatives from Doncaster Council, trading standards, the Environment Agency and housing authorities. A total of 32 people were arrested for a range of offences, including possession of drugs with intent to supply, assault, public order and shoplifting. 25 have been charged.

Superintendent Natalie Shaw said: “The number of arrests and large quantities of drugs seized demonstrates to the Doncaster public that we are firmly committed to tackling these issues.”