Drugs hotline leads to six arrests in pub swoop

Joanne Ginley FIVE men and a woman were arrested on suspicion of drugs trafficking when officers raided a Leeds city centre pub.

Officers and drugs dogs swooped on the New Penny public house in Call Lane, Leeds, on Saturday night. They were acting on a tip-off passed on by a member of the public via West Yorkshire Police's Dob in a Dealer hotline.

Several people were searched, together with the premises and a number of vehicles. Substances believed to be cocaine, ecstasy and amphetamine were recovered.

All those arrested have been bailed pending further police inquiries.

City and Holbeck Divisional Commander Chief Supt Geoff Dodd said: "We have been planning this operation for several months and I am delighted with the resulting arrests. We will round up anyone we suspect of being involved in drug supply and will go to great lengths to hold them accountable for the misery it brings to our communities.

"Like those visiting and living in Leeds, we are sick and tired of seeing criminals profit from drugs. This operation is one of many planned as part of our relentless efforts to make Leeds a safer city for the law abiding public."

Leeds Licensing Officer, Supt Peter Nicholson said: "We're working closely with licensees and the licensing authorities whenever possible to keep drugs out of pubs and clubs across the city.

"Drugs and drug dealing are not welcome here. Alongside our partners we will take every action necessary to ensure they have no place in the Leeds social scene."

Yesterday Insp Steve Fincham said the District Drugs Team would continue to work with Leeds divisions to drive drugs out of the city. He said: "We are determined to act on all the intelligence we have regarding suspected drug dealers.

"Operations like this are possible thanks to members of the public. With their information we can maintain the pressure on those we believe are involved in the trade."

The Dob in a Dealer campaign continues to play a central role by allowing the public to inform police about local dealers. If anyone has information or suspicions about drugs supply in their area, or those involved, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously and Dob in a Dealer on 0800 555 111.