Ten people charged after drugs worth a street value of £8m seized

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Ten people have been charged after drugs worth an approximate street value of £8m were seized by police.

Drugs including cocaine, heroin, and amphetamine, were secured by officers along with £110,000 in cash.

It is believed the class A and class B drugs were destined for the communities within the North East Region.

Officers carried out a series of warrants in the Gateshead area on October 15 2014, led by North East Regional Special Operations Unit.

It was part of Operation Valiant, an initiative that targets organised crime groups in the North East.

Ten people were arrested during the operation and this week they have been charged.

Five men, aged 25, 27, 29, 31, 44, and one woman, aged 43, all from the Gateshead area, have been charged with conspiracy to supply class ‘A’ controlled drugs and money laundering offences.

Three men, aged 31, 37 and 50, from Liverpool have been charged with conspiracy to supply class ‘A’ controlled drugs and money laundering offences.

A 41-year-old man from Gateshead has been charged with possession of Class ‘B’ Controlled Drug (Amphetamine) with intent to Supply.

All ten will next appear at Gateshead Magistrates Court on February 26.