Police have raided nine houses across Newcastle and North Tyneside in an operation tackling drug dealing and organised crime.
Nine people were arrested in the raids early this morning. Eight men and one woman were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs.
A tenth arrest - of a 33-year-old man - was made later. All ten remain in custody.
The raids were part of a long running investigation into organised crime and drug dealing in Walker and Longbenton. Between £1.5 million and £1.75 million worth of drugs – mainly cocaine and amphetamine - were seized in the lead up to the raids.