Large amounts of suspected Class A drugs and cash were found in a series of police raids in Armley and Wortley this morning.
Police also recovered large quantities of cash when they executed a series of linked drugs warrants at houses and businesses in West Leeds and Richmond Hill.
The operation, led by the Leeds West Neighbourhood Policing Team with support from Leeds District Serious Organised Crime Unit, targeted a suspected organised supply of cocaine and heroin.
At 8am today, officers simultaneously executed four search warrants at a privately-owned social club in Oak Road; an industrial unit in Forge Lane, Armley; 420 Bags and Accessories in Tong Road, Armley; and a house in Dolphin Street, Richmond Hill.
They recovered around 300 ‘dealer bags’ of what is believed to cocaine and other amounts of suspected Class A drugs along with thousands of pounds in cash.
Two men aged 42 and 51 were arrested at the premises in Oak Road and are currently in custody on suspicion of drugs offences and money laundering.
Inspector Sarah Towers, who heads neighbourhood policing in west Leeds, said:
“This operation has been a significant instalment in our ongoing work to target the organised supply of Class A drugs on the streets of these communities.
“The illegal trade in Class A drugs causes long-term misery to individual users and their families and fuels crime and anti-social behaviour which impacts on the lives of residents in the area.
“We remain determined to do everything we can to target those we suspect of being involved in such criminal activity and will continue to mount operations like today’s.
“Information from the community plays a vital role in our efforts to tackle drugs and we would encourage anyone who has suspicions about people involved in drug dealing in their area to contact us directly or pass on any information anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers so we can take appropriate action.”
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