Eleven people have been arrested - four on Teesside - in a crackdown on illegal drugs
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Police have burned £1 million pounds of drugs on Teesside. The massive haul has been recovered from the area since January 2014.
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.
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.”
Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt says the drug, which is thought to have contributed to a man's death in South Shields, could be in circulation in the area.
Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt issues a warning after a 20 year old man died as a result of taking a suspected home made ecstasy tablet in South Shields.
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.
– Christine Brown, Assistant Director for the Border Force
“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.”
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
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.