A JUDGE has closed a drugs den run from a village garage.
District judge Jonathan Bennett used new laws yesterday to order the garage on Burton Acres Lane, Highburton, to be sealed up for three months.
The detached garage belongs to a house owned by Corrina Fillan, 48.
Huddersfield Magistrates' Court heard that she allowed the garage to be used for smoking and taking drugs.
Her two sons and about nine other young men were associated with the problems in the garage.
Police raided the garage on April 4 after neighbours complained about the activities. These included people constantly coming and going and loud music being played.
Although no drugs were discovered during the raid, paraphernalia relating to Class A drugs was found.
This included a crack pipe, a device for smoking cocaine.
On a visit to the garage on March 24 police found one of the men at the garage had cocaine.
Judge Bennett said that from today the garage would be closed for three months.
He warned Mrs Fillan that anyone who went into it would be committing a criminal offence and could go to prison.
The garage is the fourth property to be closed using new powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act.
The powers allow houses to be shut up if they have been associated with drugs and disorder.
Last week, three houses in Milnsbridge, Golcar and Crosland Moor were closed up after police raids.
They had all been used for taking Class A drugs, such as cocaine and heroin.
The four properties were among 22 raided by police as part of a campaign called Operation Constantine Three.
The raids took place in Ravens- thorpe, Thornhill, Mirfield, Golcar, Milnsbridge, Moldgreen, Highburton, Crosland Moor, Thornton Lodge, Howden Clough, Batley Carr, Birstall, Cleckheaton, Heckmondwike and Dewsbury Moor.
They came after three months of intelligence gathering and led to 47 arrests.
It was the biggest-ever operation of its kind in the area.