Dawn raids in Newcastle

14 people have been arrested in early morning raids across Newcastle. The co-ordinated strikes, part of Operation Magnet, were the culmination of an investigation into drug dealing by an organised crime group in the city.

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Arrests mark end of long-running drug investigation

Police arrested ten people in early morning raids in Newcastle, marking the culmination of a long-running investigation into drug dealing by an organised crime group.

The operation, codenamed Magnet, targeted addresses in the outer west of the city, Lemington, West Denton and Westerhope.

Police involved in the long-running investigation had already arrested 12 people in the run up to today's activity. They are all currently on bail pending further enquiries.

As can be clearly seen, significant amounts of drugs and cash have been involved in this suspected organised crime group and this can only have a negative impact on communities.

Drugs have a devastating impact on both individuals involved in use and supply and the wider community where they live through associated crime and disorder.

This is an example of the work that takes place every day by Northumbria Police to tackle the people suspected of being involving in organised criminality – causing harm and bringing crime to neighbourhoods – and put an end to their activities.

– Newcastle Area Commander, Ch Supt Gary Calvert

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