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Leeds man accused of heroin trafficking and exploitation of teenagers

A man from Leeds is due to appear in court charged with drug offences and forcing a teenager and a vulnerable adult into compulsory labour.

Andrew Fox, of Kingsway Garth, Garforth, and four other men were arrested after police carried out raids in Leeds,Bradford and Grimsby on Tuesday, August 4, following a long-term investigation a gang that supplies cocaine and heroin in Grimsby.

The 34-year-old has been charged with forcing a teenager and a vulnerable adult into compulsory labour, conspiracy to supply cocaine, conspiracy to supply heroin and facilitating the travel of a teenager, with the view to him being exploited.

Shah Hazrat, 32, of Chatham Street, Bradford has been charged with the same offences.

Jason Gladding, 30 of Frederick Street, Grimsby, has been charged with forcing a teenager and a vulnerable adult into compulsory labour, conspiracy to supply cocaine, conspiracy to supply heroin.

They have all been remanded in custody and are due to appear in court on August 6.

A 25-year-old Bradford woman and a 28-year-old Bradford were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine and offences under the Modern Slavery Act, but they have been released on conditional bail.

Humberside Police teamed up with West Yorkshire Police, British Transport Police and the Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) to carry out the raids on August 4.

Detective chief inspector Phil Booker said Humberside Police have been leading a long-term investigation into the supply of Class A drugs in Grimsby and “the exploitation of children”.

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