Six jailed after drug raid

Six people have been jailed following an investigation into a multi-million pound drug dealing ring.

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£1.5 million heroin and cocaine haul seized on Tyneside

The Border Force have seized £1.5 million worth of cocaine and heroin from the Port of Tyne.

A 57-year-oldDutch man has been charged with drug smuggling.

The seizure was made on 7th December. A lorry containing the drugs was stopped as it came off a ferry, which had sailed from the Netherlands.

Officers discovered around 110kg or heroin and cocaine, 170kg of cannabis and 50kg of amphetamines.

Anyone with information relevant to this investigation should call 0800 59 5000.

“This was an excellent seizure by our officers and it has kept a large amount of harmful drugs off our streets. We will continue to work hard to keep our borders safe and crack down on drug smuggling.”

– Christine Brown, Assistant Director for the Border Force

Rise in patients who stop taking medicine without consulting doctor

A study shows 40% of people stop taking drugs without consulting a doctor Credit: ITV News

A survey has revealed more than 40% of patients in the North East stop taking medicines without seeking medical advice.

The study, which was carried out on behalf of the National Pharmacy Association, also showed that more than twenty per cent of people here share medicines with friends or relatives

The national survey polled 1,500 members of the public. In the North East:

42% of people have stopped taking medicine without consulting a doctor

51% do not take medicines as prescribed

23% have shared medicine with friends or relatives

Drugs farm discovered in South Tyneside house

Police uncovered a drugs farm, suspected stolen property and knives and swords at a house in South Tyneside.

Officers made the discovery during a raid at an address in Fellgate Avenue in Jarrow on Wednesday, 20 November.

Plants were found in the loft along with a quantity of amphetamine.

A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of producing a controlled drug and bailed pending further enquiries.

Investigations into the discovery and items seized are continuing.

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Warning over missing methodone

Northumbria Police have issued a warning about a batch of strong prescription drugs which were lost on a bus in the Gateshead area. The two bottles of methadone were reported missing earlier today (Friday).

They had been left on the Go Gateshead number 54 bus travelling from Saltwell Road to Coatsworth Road at about 9 am this morning. Known as 'blue methodone', it is ten times the normal strength of normal methodone and could cause serious harm if taken unprescribed.

Million pound drugs haul

Cannabis plants with potential £1 million pound value recovered Credit: Cleveland Police

A cannabis haul with a potential street value of £1 million has been uncovered on Teesside.

Three farms, with a total of 700 plants, were found by police in a series of unconnected raids in Middlesbrough on Monday.

Three men have been arrested and charged with cultivation of cannabis.

Teesside man arrested on drugs charges in Spain

Brian Charrington in 2001 Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A man from Middlesbrough, suspected of being involved in an international drug-smuggling operation, has been arrested in Spain.

Brian Charrington was detained in the Costa Brava in a joint operation between Spanish and UK police.

220 kg cocaine recovered in apartment in Alicante

More than 220 kg of cocaine was recovered in an apartment in Alicante.

Bank accounts and goods worth €5 million have been frozen or seized.

The 57 year old worked as a car salesman whilst living in the north east.

Several other arrests were also made as part of the operation in Spain and Venezuela.

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