The Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, attended this morning's drugs raids in Hartlepool, in which four people were arrested. He praised the work of the three forces involved in the operation, which carried out simultaneous raids on Teesside, Merseyside and in Wales.
Four houses in Hartlepool were targeted by police in raids today. Two 29-year-old men, a 36-year-old man and a 33-year-old man were arrested for Conspiracy to Supply Class A and Class B drugs. Two further arrests were made in Wales and two in Liverpool with 3 arrests made from Holme House Prison.
Operation Roderigo started in 2012 to target organised crime. To date, 15 people have been arrested, convicted and are serving in excess of 88 years in prison.
- 5 Kilo’s high purity cocaine with a street value estimated around £1 million
- 100 litres amphetamine oil estimated at £12 million
- 37 kilos cannabis estimated at £55,500
- 80 kilos amphetamine estimated at £800,000
- 12 kilos methamphetamine estimated at £120,000
– Detective Sergeant Sarah Robinson who is leading the investigation
“The focus of today’s operation is to arrest the key members of this group to dismantle their supply of drugs in this area. These individuals are involved in the production and distribution of Class A and Class B controlled drugs throughout the UK on a massive scale.”
– Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger
“’This was a well planned and executed operation over a two year period, tackling high-end criminals who are manufacturing as well as supplying illegal drugs. I’m sure residents in Cleveland will join me in congratulating all our officers and staff involved in this operation which sends a very clear signal.”