14 people have been arrested in early morning raids across Newcastle. The co-ordinated strikes, part of Operation Magnet, were the culmination of an investigation into drug dealing by an organised crime group in the city.
A further four people have been arrested afte police raids took place in Newcastle at dawn as part of an investigation by Northumbria Police.
The total of people who have now been arrested during Operation Magnet now stands at 14.
12 men have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs, and two women have been arrested on suspicion of attempting to conceal criminal property.
They are all currently in police custody.
"Fifteen addresses were visited today and 14 people have so far been arrested. This was clearly a crime group working together and this operation has significantly disrupted that group's activities.
"I would like to thank our local communities who supply us with information and tell us what is happening in their local area. It means activity like this can take place. This is what we do with that information and how seriously we take it.
"Operation Magnet will continue and Northumbria Police's message to anyone who is involved in the supply of drugs or organised crime is simple - once we find out who you are you can expect a similar visit by police."
– Chief Superintendent Gary Calvert, Newcastle Area Commander
Police arrested ten people in early morning raids in Newcastle, marking the culmination of a long-running investigation into drug dealing by an organised crime group.
The operation, codenamed Magnet, targeted addresses in the outer west of the city, Lemington, West Denton and Westerhope.
Police involved in the long-running investigation had already arrested 12 people in the run up to today's activity. They are all currently on bail pending further enquiries.
As can be clearly seen, significant amounts of drugs and cash have been involved in this suspected organised crime group and this can only have a negative impact on communities.
Drugs have a devastating impact on both individuals involved in use and supply and the wider community where they live through associated crime and disorder.
This is an example of the work that takes place every day by Northumbria Police to tackle the people suspected of being involving in organised criminality – causing harm and bringing crime to neighbourhoods – and put an end to their activities.