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Police have recovered a firearm during early morning raids that took place in Newcastle today.
A handgun, along with ammunition and approximately £50,000 cash was seized from The Shopping Centre at Chapel House.
Other small amounts of drugs and cash were also recovered during the raids that took place at addresses across Newcastle at dawn.
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.
15 raids were carried out by Northumbria Police on May 15th as part of the anti-drugs programme Operation Magnet.
Officers say they have made a number of arrests and seized drugs and cash during the long running operation across the city.
Northumbria Police say they are confident Operation Magnet will play a major role in ridding Newcastle of drug crime.
Chief Superintendant Gary Calvert says organised crime of this nature causes harm and misery to our communities.
The investigation which focuses mainly on the outer west of the city at Lemington, West Denton and Westerhope, has seen cash and drugs seized and several arrests made.
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.
Nine men and one woman were arrested in early morning raids across Newcastle.
The co-ordinated strikes at 15 addresses were part of Operation Magnet, a long-running investigation into drug dealing by an organised crime group in the city.
The men, aged between 22 and 46, were all arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs.
A 46-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of attempting to conceal criminal property.