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Skipton man arrested in county lines drug dealing crackdown

Skipton man arrested in county lines drug dealing crackdown

Published by May Norman at 5:58am 14th July 2020.

Arrests made in connection with county line drugs

  • A man from Skipton is one of four people arrested in connection with a police operation to disrupt a county lines drugs network.
  • It follows a number of arrest warrants across Bradford, Keighley and Skipton.
  • All four were charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Three men and one woman were arrested in Bradford last week following a multi-agency operation to disrupt a county lines drugs network.

On Thursday last week (9 July), officers conducted a number of arrest warrants across Bradford, Keighley and Skipton and four people were arrested.

Steven Montgomery, 47 of Jubilee Close, Skipton was arrested alongside Naim Raza Sadik, 37, of Woodville Place, Heaton, Saleem Sadik, 40 of Toller Lane, Heaton and Rachel Campbell 52 of Whinfield Avenue, Keighley.

All four were charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and the three males were also charged with possession of Class A drugs with the intent to supply.

The defendants appeared at Bradford Magistrates Court on Friday morning (10 July) and will next appear at Bradford Crown Court on 7 August.

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This was an intelligence-led operation by Bradford’s Programme Precision Team and was supported by British Transport Police, North Yorkshire Police, the Regional Organised Crime Team (ROCU) and the National County Lines Coordination Centre (NCLCC).

Officers targeted individuals suspected of county lines involvement and who have been exploiting vulnerable young people. As a result, a county lines drug line between Bradford to Skipton has been disrupted.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Farrell, who leads of Serious and Organised Crime in Bradford, said:

“This has been a detailed investigation and with the invaluable assistance of our partner agencies; we have charged four people with serious criminal offences involving the supply of Class A drugs in the region.

“The exploitation of children to deal drugs in this way is known as County Lines and is a particularly horrible way of committing serious criminal offences. Children and other vulnerable people may be groomed or simply forced to commit criminal offences, through the threat of violence; these criminals will stop at nothing to exploit the vulnerable.

“All forms of drug dealing has a devastating impact on communities of West Yorkshire and multi-agency operations such as this help to send positive messages to our communities that we are committed to tackling these issues.

“Our work to combat the illegal supply of drugs is always ongoing and I would urge anyone with any information about drug dealing in their area to let us know – any intelligence gathered will be acted upon and it helps us stop drug dealing in the communities of Bradford and across West Yorkshire.”