Organised crime operation sees 286 arrests and 108 charges so far this year

Some of the OCG drugs and weapons which have been seized
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Police have seized 56.65kg worth of class A, class B and class C drugs from organised crime groups in Humberside so far this year. There have also been 72 weapons confiscated, as the specialist unit tackling Serious and Organised Crime marks a successful six months.

Humberside Police has made 286 arrests and 108 charges in the detection of OCGs in 2024. The team has been celebrated for hunting down serious offenders and employing an intelligence-led approach, saying that the unit has been responsible for some of the force’s fantastic results and outcomes, tackling drug dealers, violent crime and any other type of serious offending in communities. In total in 2024, it has recovered 56.65kg worth of class A, class B and class C drugs and 72 weapons.

It has also recovered more than £1.2 million worth of assets as part of the proceeds of crime acts. Made up of some specialist detectives, whilst the team forces down doors to catch prolific offenders, you may not be aware of some of the intricate work that goes on behind the scenes.

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In a statement, Humberside POolice said: "Our work to tackle these gangs doesn’t stop after we catch dealers selling dangerous substances and put them behind bars. We also focus on gathering intelligence, dismantling and disrupting the illicit organisations responsible for directing the runners on the street.

"We are solving cases and catching drug dealers - It takes a whole system approach to tackle these gangs and our approach is working. The Serious and Organised Crime Unit are made up of a number of specialist areas, including our Roads Crime and Drugs Expert Witness Teams, as well as our divisional areas who work around the clock to tackle county lines drugs across the force.

"This also includes officers from Operation Shield, who have been at the forefront of the force’s work to dismantle drugs gangs following the launch in September 2023. Since January this year, the team have already seen over a million-pounds worth of criminal assets being taken off our streets, with 286 people being arrested and 108 charged.

The CSI training centre
The CSI training centre -Credit:Humberside Police

"In total, we have recovered 56.65kg worth of class A, class B and class C drugs and 72 weapons, with over £1.2 million worth of assets recovered as part of the proceeds of crime acts. Proceeds of crime is the term given to money or assets gained by criminals during the course of their criminal activity, and as police officers, we have powers to seek to seize, detain, freeze, forfeit or confiscate these assets; all so crime doesn’t pay.

"You may be thinking where does this money seized by our asset recovery teams go? Once processed as evidence, this will go straight back into fighting crime and protecting our communities, making them safer and stronger."

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Swaby, Head of our Serious and Organised Crime Unit said: “Criminals involved in gangs and drug dealing will often use violence and intimidation as tools to further their financial gain and control in our communities. They will also exploit young people and vulnerable adults, manipulating people to bend them to their will, causing them to distance themselves from the misery and true reality of drug dealing on the streets.

“They have no regard for the lives of those purchasing the substances they supply within the community. This is a business for them, with making money being the only objective no matter the expense or misery of others.

The specialist unit tackling Serious and Organised Crime has seen over a million pounds-worth of criminal assets taken off the streets since January
The specialist unit tackling Serious and Organised Crime has seen over a million pounds-worth of criminal assets taken off the streets since January -Credit:Humberside Police

“This will often be in the form of gangs taking over a drug user’s home, to use as a base for selling and preparing drugs. This is known as cuckooing.

“However, the damage caused by drugs cannot be achieved by enforcement alone and needs to reach further afield to those at risk of being used by gangs. Work has been continuing with our partners to support the vulnerable people using drugs, as well as providing reassurance and wrap-around care to our communities affected.

“The work they do within the communities to assist those battling addiction contributes to making a real difference. Helping people to escape this lifestyle and protecting those at risk is absolutely vital.”

Just last month, officers secured over 80 years conviction against eight men, as part of efforts to disrupt and dismantle gangs in Scunthorpe.

The force also works closely with the National Crime Agency to share information and collate a picture of this kind of offending at a national level, it said.

"Earlier this year, we supported the team with an NCA-led investigation into the attempted importation of cocaine in Lelley, East Riding of Yorkshire, worth a potential estimated street value of around £40 million. It follows the seizure of around 500 kilos of cocaine found in the back of a van in the car park of the Stags Head Inn. "

If you have any concerns about what’s happening in your area, speak to your local officer, call into your nearest station or call our non-emergency number 101.

Alternatively, you can report information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.