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Six jailed after drug raid

The drugs were hidden in rural locations around the North East Photo: PA Images

Six people have been jailed following an investigation into a multi-million pound drug dealing ring.

Detectives from the Northumbria Police Serious and Organised Crime Unit uncovered an organised group involved in the supply and distribution of heroin and cocaine across the north east.

The drugs were sourced from Liverpool then transported to Gateshead where they were hidden in secret stores in rural locations.

John William Tait, Stephen Johnson, Anthony Brigham and Steven Cairns were arrested on January 27 in Gateshead.

One kilo of cocaine with an estimated street value of up to £79,520 and a total of 4.5 kilos of heroin with an estimated street value of up to £123,000 were recovered.

Brian Harrison was arrested in Liverpool in February.

Officers, working with colleagues from Merseyside Police, also searched a house in Liverpool and seized a large quantity of drugs and two industrial size presses. The drugs, believed to be heroin, cocaine and Benzylpiperazine (BZP), with a potential street value of up to £4m.

On Friday, 7 December, they were jailed for a total of more than 50 years.

Detective Inspector Dave Scott said: "As a result of this operation, six men are beginning significant sentences for their roles in a conspiracy to bring heroin and cocaine onto our streets.

"We have also recovered a large quantity of drugs and prevented the harm it could have caused in our communities.

"We will continue to target people who seek to profit from the supply of illegal drugs and we will work with our partners in other forces and other agencies to tackle this illicit trade."