Drugs and cash in excess of £2.5m were seized by police officers across Cleveland last year.

Cash totalling £85,350 plus drugs with an estimated street value of£2,416,804 were taken from the hands of criminals over the last twelvemonths.

Successful drugs seizures have included class A drugs, which were recovered during two days of action in central Middlesbrough in October.

Almost forty people were arrested and weapons including a knuckleduster, a baton and samurai sword were also seized.

Suspected drugs estimated to be worth around £7,500 were found hidden in a wardrobe and a loft in a property in Billingham on Sunday 31st January 2016. A man and woman were arrested in connection with this.

In April, suspected cocaine and cannabis estimated to be worth around£70,000 were recovered from a vehicle on the A19 and a 30-year- old woman was arrested in connection with the incident.

Also, in September last year, suspected cannabis worth £150,000 wasrecovered from a vehicle on the A19 close to the Portrack interchange. Twomales were charged and remanded into custody in connection with theincident.

Inspector Tony Cross, from Cleveland Police’s Community DrugsEnforcement Team, said:

I would always urge the public to contact us with this information.

Inspector Tony Cross

In July and December, a total of more than £2.5m in drugs were burnt at anincinerator in Cleveland, including cannabis plants, crack cocaine, heroin and amphetamine.

The achievements of the Community Drugs Enforcement Team are regularly praised at the local meetings I attend.

Barry Coppinger, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland