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Police: Don't use drugs stolen in South Tyneside

Police are warning people of the dangers of taking drugs not prescribed to them after medication was stolen in a South Tyneside burglary.

Between 5.50pm and 11.30pm on Sunday (November 2), medication was stolen during a break-in to a house at Flaunden Close in South Shields.

Stolen items include:

  • MIRTAZAPINE - two packs containing 28 30mg tablets
  • PHENERGAN - 10mg tablets, quantity unknown
  • ALLOPURINOL - 28 300mg tablets
  • VASCALPAH - 28 10mg tablets
  • LISINOPRIL - 20mg, quantity unknown
  • CLOPIDOGREL ZENHIRA - 75mg

In particular, MIRTAZAPINE and PHENERGAN can be dangerous if taken by those it is not prescribed for.

Police are reminding people not to take any medication which is not prescribed for them and if they find any of the stolen drugs they should alert police straight away.

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Police burn £1 million pounds worth of drugs

Police have recovered £1 million pounds worth of drugs on Teesside since January 2014. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
The haul was taken to a local incinerator and burned. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
The drugs were burned along with general rubbish. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Cleveland Police have burned £1 million worth of drugs this morning. The haul consisted of drugs recovered on Teesside since January 2014. It was taken to a local incinerator and burned.

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Arrests in police drug crackdown operation

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.

Drugs recovered:

  • 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

“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.”

– Detective Sergeant Sarah Robinson who is leading the investigation

“’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.”

– Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger
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