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Chief Inspector Colin Williamson from Durham Police explains how information from the public helped with the drugs raids that took place across County Durham and Northumberland today.
Raids have been taking place across the region this morning in what Durham Police say is one of their biggest crackdowns in 20 years on organised serious crime gangs.
18 addresses were raided shortly before 6 o'clock this morning.
More than 200 officers took part in the raids in Durham and Bishop Auckland, as well as Berwick in Northumberland.
Operation Melrose has taken 6 months of planning and involved specialist teams acting on information received from local people.
12 people were arrested and £10,000 in cash was seized.
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Raids have taken place across the region today in what police say is one of their biggest crackdowns in 20 years on organised crime gangs.