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Three arrested as plain clothed patrols intercept suspected drug dealers

Last modified: 16 September 2020 at 08:39am

Three men were arrested in Harrogate yesterday (15 September) after plain clothed officers intercepted a suspected drugs deal.

Officers from North Yorkshire Police’s Operation Expedite team were on proactive patrols in the Montpellier Hill area when they saw what they believed was a drug deal taking place.

After stopping and searching three men, they recovered a large amount of suspected heroin and cash. The three men, all from Harrogate and aged 37 and two aged 45, were arrested on suspicion of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply. One 45-year-old was also arrested on suspicion of possessing criminal property (money).

In the region of 30 wraps of suspected heroin, £600 cash and a number of mobile phones and scales have been seized as part of the investigation.

Seized as part of the investigation

Police have issued an appeal after a member of the public assisted police officers at the scene by pointing out discarded, suspected drugs.

If you believe that’s you, officers urge you to please contact then on 101 and ask for Harrogate CID. Or pass information to the Force Control Room for incident number 12200161830.

All three suspects have been released while under investigation.

Detective Constable Tom Barker who works on the force’s Operation Expedite team, said: “We continue to focus our efforts on the disruption of County Lines drugs gangs, focusing on safeguarding those most vulnerable in society and making life difficult for the criminals who choose to exploit them. Today’s action is one example of the relentless work going on to target drugs and the misery it brings to our communities. We urge anyone with any information about drug dealing to contact the police or Crimestoppers anonymously. We will take action.”


Please report anything you suspect may be linked to the exploitation of children, and drug dealing. No matter how small you might think it is, please report it as every little piece of information helps us piece together a bigger picture.

 Things to look out for

Cuckooing – where drug dealers take over a vulnerable person’s house

  • Increased callers at a property
  • Increase in cars pulling up for short periods of time
  • Different accents at a property
  • Increased antisocial behaviour at a property
  • Not seeing the resident for long periods of time
  • Unfamiliar vehicles at the property
  • Windows covered or curtains closed for long periods
  • Communal doors propped open


Exploited children

  • Persistently going missing from school or home and / or being found out-of-area;
  • Unexplained money, clothes, or mobile phones
  • Excessive receipt of texts / phone calls
  • Relationships with controlling / older individuals or groups
  • Leaving home / care without explanation
  • Suspicion of physical assault / unexplained injuries
  • Carrying weapons
  • Significant decline in school results / performance
  • Gang association or isolation from peers or social networks
  • Self-harm or significant changes in emotional well-being

If you suspect a child you care for or know is being exploited, please call the police on 101, if they are in immediate danger, always call 999 

Call North Yorkshire Police on 101. If you prefer not to speak to the police and wish to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. If you or another person is in immediate danger, always call 999.

DO NOT approach anyone you suspect is being involved in drug dealing, but call the police.

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