Newcastle: Police seize £1 million of drugs in crime crackdown

Drugs seized in Newcastle
Drugs seized in Newcastle

Northumbria Police said a raid took place on Friday as part of an ongoing clampdown on the supply of illegal drugs

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Police seized class A drugs worth £1 million as part of a major investigation a year after three young people died suddenly.

Northumbria Police said a raid took place on Friday as part of an ongoing clampdown on the supply of illegal drugs on Tyneside, following the tragic deaths of students in October 2020 during lockdown.

Officers raided a property in South Gosforth, Newcastle, where they seized 20kg of cocaine, a quantity of mixing agents as well as two kilograms of 2CB, Ketamine and LSD.

They also seized a shotgun, handgun and ammunition, and found £5,000 in cash at another address in the city.

A 28-year-old man was arrested and has been charged with six offences, including conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Superintendent Jonathan Bensley, of Northumbria Police, said: “We have made it abundantly clear that we will not tolerate the sale and distribution of harmful and highly addictive substances on our streets.

“They have serious consequences for our communities and for the vulnerable people living in them.”

Coun John-Paul Stephenson, Newcastle City Council cabinet member for Public Health and Culture, said: “We all know the devastating impact that drugs have on users, their families and the wider community.

“It’s always positive to hear when significant amounts of illegal substances are seized and those seeking to benefit from the misfortune of others are brought before the courts.”

Over a 48-hour period last October, two students and an 18-year-old local man died after being suspected of taking drugs.