Drugs raid at County Durham sweet shop

Items seized in the raid. Credit: Durham Constabulary

A sweet shop has been closed and its entire stock of confectionary has been seized after police carried out a drugs raid in County Durham.

Officers from Durham Constabulary carried out a pre-planned strike on the premises in South Moor, near Stanley today.

Officers from Stanley Neighbourhood Policing Team, led by community beat officer PC Gary Smith and supported by a dog team from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, carried out the lunchtime raid at The Convenience Store in Park Road.

White powder, which officer suspect is amphetamine, was seized during the operation.

Officers also removed dozens of jars and boxes of confectionary from the shop as a precautionary measure to ensure contaminated sweets did not find their way into the hands of children.

A second property in Stanley was also searched where officers found a quantity of cannabis, along with drug equipment and a large quantity of cash.

A 50-year-old local woman was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply and a 56-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs.

Both were taken to Durham City Police Station for questioning.

Items seized during the operation are now being examined and the investigation is continuing.

Sergeant Dave Clarke of Stanley Police, who led today’s operation, said:

Anyone with information about the supply of drugs can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.