Drugs charges after swoop

EIGHTEEN people have been charged with conspiracy to supply drugs in the Wetherby and York areas, following a huge police investigation in North Yorkshire.

Police say they seized more than £200,000 of drugs and a large amount of cash, during a six-month investigation into two separate drugs conspiracies in the Wetherby and York areas.

All 18, most of whom are from York, will appear before court this week, three men aged 27, 28 and 29 appeared at Harrogate magistrates on Tuesday.

The remainder will appear in court throughout this week.

In total 15 men and two women aged between 22 and 57 have been charged with various offences relating to the conspiracy.

The charges follow a long-running investigation by officers targeting a group of people suspected of supplying Class A and B substances, thought to be predominately cocaine and cannabis.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said none of the men charged are believed to live in Wetherby. Three other men from York, aged between 20 and 52, have been arrested and remain on police bail as the investigation continues.