POLICE raided 16 premises in Sheffield and seized drugs worth more than £50,000 in a week-long blitz on cannabis growers.
Fifteen arrests were made in an operation targeting “low-level dealers who cause immense problems for communities”.
Acting Det Chief Insp Bob Chapman added: “It will not only have a positive effect within the community but also prevent serious criminality from gaining a foothold.
“Sheffield is one of the safest cities for a number of reasons – one of those is that police react quickly in relation to information about drug dealing, gang members and firearms. I think the majority of Sheffield people will be very pleased with the activities that we are undertaking.”
Homes and other premises were raided in Parson Cross, Southey, Shirecliffe, Shiregreen, Intake, Crookes, Manor, Arbourthorne, Hackenthorpe, Lowedges, Hillsborough and Frecheville.
Cannabis plants and growing equipment were found in lofts, cellars and spare bedrooms.
It was the latest in a series of raids and followed a warning from the city’s most senior judge, the Honorary Recorder of Sheffield, Judge Alan Goldsack QC, that he would jail cannabis growers after a big rise in the numbers of offenders coming before his court.