Four arrested and 22,000 pills seized in drugs crackdown on Wearside

Detectives have seized 22,000 pills and arrested four people as part on an ongoing investigation into the illegal importation of drugs on Wearside.

Targeted strikes were carried out on three properties linked to the large scale importation of various Class C drugs from India. The warrants were secured after a number of packages containing 16,000 pills were intercepted by the UK Border Force.

A further haul of 4,000 pills were recovered following the strikes at properties on Pinewood Road, Rockingham Road and Colombo Road. While officers were on Pinewood Road, another package of around 2,000 pills was delivered.

The drugs included a large quantity of Alprazolam – better known by its brand name Xanax – and Zopiclone, a sleeping pill used to help with conditions like anxiety. Mobile phones and large quantities of cash were also recovered.

It’s despicable that criminals will try and turn a profit from the illegal supply of medicines without a single thought given to the health and wellbeing of those who buy them.

Detective Sgt Hayley Douglass, from NERSOU’s disruption team

A 30-year-old woman and three men, aged 41, 42, and 58 were all arrested on suspicion of conspiring to import a Class C drug and have since been released under investigation.

Anyone with information about the illegal sale or supply of drugs can report this on the Northumbria Police website or via independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously.