Police arrest six of '10 most wanted' in crackdown on drug dealing (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Operation Stalebank continues in Bradford
Six wanted men have been arrested after featuring in a ten-strong rogues’ gallery of drug dealers caught peddling their wares in Bradford.
The fugitives had been captured on camera during an ongoing major police operation to crack down on the street supply of heroin and cocaine.
Operation Stalebank has so far seen 80 drug dealers put behind bars for a total of 260 years.
In the latest phase of the operation, police issued full-face images of ten suspects caught on film during undercover surveillance. The pictures appeared on the front page of the Telegraph & Argus on Monday.
Detective Inspector Ian Bryar, who is leading Operation Stalebank, said: “We would like to thank the media and the public for their assistance with this appeal, which has enabled us to locate six men wanted in connection with Operation Stalebank.
“At this time, two have been charged with drugs offences and bailed to appear before court. We expect more to follow in the next 24 hours.
“We have had a really positive response and will be following up leads in relation to those still outstanding.”
The majority of those convicted during Operation Stalebank are being sentenced by Bradford’s most senior judge, the Recorder of Bradford, Judge Roger Thomas QC.
Judge Thomas has described the “terrible blight” and “human misery” caused to society by the misuse of Class A drugs and has warned that anyone who gets involved in their supply faces the prospect of a lengthy prison sentence.
Anyone who has information on any of the suspects yet to be caught is asked to contact Detective Constable David Jackson at Bradford District Police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.