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13 arrested as officers carry out warrants on alleged county lines gang.

Officers have arrested 13 people in a series of warrants in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire.

The warrants are the culmination of months of work into an alleged county line drugs gang moving heroin and crack cocaine from Sheffield into the North Derbyshire area.

Officers carried out eleven warrants in the Deepcar, Heeley, Shire Green and Ecclesfield areas of Sheffield and the Newbold area of Chesterfield over Wednesday and Thursday last week (22 and 23 Sep).

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Heroin and crack cocaine, weapons and cash were seized by more than 60 officers from specialist crime teams in Derbyshire Constabulary and South Yorkshire Police.

Of the 13 people arrested five have been charged and remanded on firearms and drug offences – with the other eight people released under investigation as enquiries continue.

Sergeant Simon Cartwright, from Derbyshire Constabulary’s Organised Crime Unit based in Chesterfield, said: “The arrests last week are a fantastic example of the cross-border work that goes on to detect and disrupt drug supply in both counties.

“On a daily basis we see the damage that heroin and crack cocaine cause to our communities and we will work with our partners and fellow officers to target those responsible for peddling these drugs.”

SYP Detective Sergeant Jim Dyson added: “We know drug dealing is a significant concern for our communities and I hope that this result demonstrates how committed our officers are to tackling this issue.

“These arrests have come as a result of some great work from officers in both South Yorkshire and Derbyshire, working together to take drugs off the streets. Hopefully this will send a clear message to others that there are consequences to drug dealing and they can be significant.”

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