£150,000 of drugs seized and dozens arrested in major operation

£150,000 of drugs seized and dozens arrested in major operation

Over 45 arrests and more than 13 warrants were executed in just ten days by Humberside Police during Operation Galaxy.

Officers across the force worked to identify and locate those wanted for crimes across the region in the hopes of protecting local communities.

From Monday 14 November, the Operation Galaxy team turned alongside officers and staff from Neighbourhood Policing teams, Major Crime Team, Roads Policing, Intelligence, Police dogs and handlers, Economic Crime and various other departments targeted suspects involved in organised crime, drug-related offences, violent crime, robbery, burglary, and antisocial behaviour.

A number of serious offenders were arrested and thousands of pounds worth of drugs were seized from properties.

Chief Superintendent Christine Wilson explains: “Since the launch of Operation Galaxy in 2019, over the course of the last three years the team have been instrumental in apprehending some of the most prolific and dangerous criminals across our region.

“The work undertaken by the teams involved in Op Galaxy has been second to none with commitment and dedication from every single person involved, either frontline or behind the scenes.

The ten days of results have included:

  • 45 arrests for several offences including organised crime, drug-related offences, violent crime, robbery, burglary, and antisocial behaviour.
  • 13 warrants were executed at properties across East Riding of Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire and Hull.
  • Drugs, largely from cannabis factories, was discovered with an approximate street value worth an estimated £150,000.
  • Large quantities of drugs were seized including cannabis, amphetamines and cocaine.
  • 100,000 illicit cigarettes and 1000 illegal vapes were recovered in a joint operation with Trading Standards.
  • Knives, machetes and zombie knives were recovered.

Chief Superintendent Christine Wilson continued: “Additional high visibility patrols were conducted throughout the ten days in areas where we know criminality can occur.  28 stop searches were carried out and action to locate and arrest outstanding suspects was also a key factor.

“Our outstanding Neighbourhood Policing Teams have been incredibly focussed on engaging with our communities, speaking with residents, and explaining what actions have been taken in their area.

“This engagement meant that our officers could update, inform and provide reassurance as to any police presence throughout the ten days, and also importantly, talking through and listening to any concerns residents have to feed back into the Operation Galaxy team to look into and take action.

“Whilst the intensification period may have come to an end, the festive season is upon us, and we remain dedicated to making the lives of criminals and predators difficult and uncomfortable to ensure you feel safe and protected.

“We would always encourage you to report any offences to us so we can build the bigger picture and take action against those who commit crime in our communities.”

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