SIXTEEN people were arrested in a series of raids targeting so-called drugs dens in Kirklees.
And more raids were under way across Huddersfield this morning with eight people arrested by 9.45am.
Officers swooped on seven homes in Ravensthorpe, Thornhill and Mirfield early yesterday targeting people who sell drugs and allow their homes to be used to take them.
Today police will be applying to Dewsbury Magistrates to shut the homes for three months under new Anti-Social Behaviour legislation.
The 16 who were arrested were all detained on suspicion of drugs offences.
Quantities of suspected class A and C drugs have been recovered from the properties.
Dozens of police officers had a briefing at the Drill Hall near the Queensgate stretch of Huddersfield ring road early this morning.
Officers then set off in police vans to carry out raids across Huddersfield. More details about today's raids will be in tomorrow's Examiner.
Dewsbury sector commander Chief Insp Keith Hallas said: "This operation is in direct response to concerns raised by local residents.
"People have the right to live in a peaceful and safe environment and we are taking this action to stop people with chaotic lifestyles getting in the way of this.
"Those we suspect of using premises as drug dens should be warned that we will continue with our crackdown on drugs and anti-social behaviour and this is not a short-term measure.
"People behaving in such a manner should either change their ways or face eviction from their homes."
Neighbourhood Policing Team commander for Dewsbury Insp Martin Lister added: "This is relatively new civil legislation which is dealt with at a magistrates court.
"Incidents of 'crackhouse' closures are dealt with on the first day by the arrest phase and on the second day where the respondents attend at court.
"The main thrust of the legislation is to rid communities of properties that attract drug dealing and anti-social behaviour by closing them down for three months and secondly to engage the respondent into a drugs treatment programme that will offer them a way out of the drug dealing world they may have entered."
Clr Andrew Marchington, chairman of the Safer Stronger Communities Partnership for Kirklees, said: "It's about making communities feel safer, getting information from those communities about activities they are concerned about and then seeing action being taken.
"These operations are about using that information to deal with drugs issues effectively in those areas.
Communities should feel safer because people involved in drugs are getting the help they need to break the cycle of drugs and crime."
Kirklees Drug Interventions programme manager Jackie Bray said: "Dealing purely with the consequences of drugs is not an effective way to achieve long-term improvements for local people.
"We have to acknowledge the cause of those problems and look at realistic solutions.
"It's important to recognise that a large amount of crime is committed as a result of drug dependence with individuals turning to offending again and again.
"For this reason, getting chaotic drug users into treatment is proving to be an extremely successful way of reducing crime and the harm it inflicts on our communities."