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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.

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


£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

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