Twelve people have been arrested, and a police officer injured, as armed raids on suspected drugs gang members took place across Sheffield yesterday.
Police raided five addresses in the Manor and Arbourthorne areas and have seized multiple kilos of Class A and Class B drugs, as well as ‘a large quantity of cash’.
A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said one male officer had been injured during the raids.
The officer was taken to hospital after his foot was run over by a car being driven by a suspect but is understood not to be seriously injured.
Three men and nine women, aged between 17 and 48, have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.
Sheffield commander Chief Superintendent David Hartley, said: “The operation was designed to target and dismantle a number of organised crime groups (OCGs) and to disrupt the supply and distribution of class A drugs across the city.
“Those who are involved in drug dealing are a scourge to our city. My resolve, along with every officer at Sheffield, is to find these people and bring them down, taking away their liberty to ensure we keep the public safe.
“I want to make it very clear to anyone who is involved, or thinking of becoming involved, in any form of criminal activity, that the action this afternoon has not been a ‘one off’, and today should serve as a stark warning that no one is exempt from the law.”
Ch Supt Hartley added: “Today has seen a series of brave policing interventions, the majority being armed. A number of people have been arrested and a large quantity of suspected drugs recovered.
“The arrests are testament to the dedication and determination of a number of officers who have worked solely on this covert investigation over the last eight-weeks.
“One very brave officer has been injured leading one of the raids at the properties today, and my thoughts and best wishes go out to him.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank those involved in the covert phase, and to reassure our communities that we are taking action and we will continue to do so.
“I do hope today will assist to increase public confidence in South Yorkshire Police, and act as a deterrent to others from becoming involved in organised crime.”
One of the properties targeted was on Goore Avenue, just off Prince of Wales Road, today.
Around five police vans attended the scene and officers used sniffer dogs to search the premises.
According to residents, police arrived at around 1pm.
Officers were still on the scene this evening.