£1.2mil worth of drugs seized during organised crime disruption

NORTHBANK

13 Sep 2021

A large, organised crime group growing and distributing cannabis in Hull and surrounding East Riding villages has been the target of an operation, which started on Wednesday 8th September and ended today (Monday 13 September), aimed at disrupting organised criminality and taking drugs off the streets.

A total of 39 addresses were subject to warrants or searches under police powers over four days, at addresses across Hull as well as, Welton, Brough and even a yacht!

These resulted in ten arrests, with six charged, all as being concerned in the production of cannabis. Those arrested who have not been charged have been released under investigation, pending further enquiries into their involvement in organised criminality.
Large cannabis factory
A total of 2,180 cannabis plants with a street value of £1.2 million, as well as three kilos of cannabis already cultivated and ready to distribute worth between £12,000 to £21,000, were recovered from the properties and in excess of £300,000 cash was also recovered and seized.

Detective Inspector Simon Vickers said: “Tackling organised criminality is an ongoing battle we will never give up fighting.

“I understand that some members of the public question why we target these cannabis factories as a priority. Aside from the fact these factories are illegal, those running them are often making large sums of cash which they then feed into other areas of criminality, such as the exportation of Class A drugs, distribution of weapons and on some occasions, the trafficking of people.

“Those leading these networks will enjoy lavish lifestyles filled with high value goods, whilst vulnerable local people live in tough conditions and are exploited into producing or dealing the drugs. They may also be subject to threats of violence or to their families.

“Operations like these have a huge impact on disrupting criminal organisations and showing them that our area is not somewhere they are able to get away with their activity.

“We also take action for the benefit of our communities, as not only do operations like these take drugs off the streets, but they also help to combat wider issues like anti-social behaviour associated with drug use, modern day slavery and the child criminal exploitation.

“Just because this operation has been a success in recovering drugs and locking up criminals, I would like to reassure the public we will not get complacent and will continue to take action against offenders.

“Public information is incredibly important to the success of these operations, so I would firstly like to thank everyone who has previously reported suspicious activity. I would continue to ask for everyone to remain vigilant and report anything they don’t think is right. You can do this on our 101 number, by direct messaging us on our official Humberside Police Facebook page or @humberbeat Twitter account, or by speaking with a local officer. Crimestoppers, the independent charity can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“I would also like to thank our partners, in particular Hull City Council, for their assistance during this operation.”

Charges

  • A 26-year-old man was charged with production of cannabis at a property on Sherburn Street, Hull
  • A 19-year-old man was charged with production of cannabis at a property on Rustenberg Street, Hull
  • A 23-year-old man was charged with production of cannabis at a property on Albert Avenue, Hull
  • A 37-year-old man was charged with production of cannabis at a property on Blaydes Street, Hull
  • A 33-year-old man and 48-year-old man were charged with production of cannabis at a premise on Portobello Street, Hull