Over a Million Pounds Worth of Drugs Seized in Six Months

Cleveland Police has seized over a million pounds worth of drugs in the first six months of this year.

Over a Million Pounds Worth of Drugs Seized in Six Months Between the beginning of January and end of June 2017, Cleveland Police Community Drugs Enforcement Team, with support from neighbourhood officers across Cleveland, has recovered amphetamine, cannabis resin, cocaine and heroin and 1761 cannabis plants, worth around £1,284,000 in street value.

Successful drugs recoveries throughout the year include:

In February, police recovered around £10,000 worth of suspected class A and B drugs along with cash and suspected stolen power tools from three addresses on Grove Street in Stockton. A 59-year-old woman and three men aged 30, 36 and 44 were arrested.

Also in February, officers also recovered 90 cannabis plants at addresses in raids on Cobden Street and Caithness Road in Hartlepool. Four men aged 37, 33, 53 and 16 along with a 33-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis.

In June, two unconnected cannabis farms were found in neighbouring properties on Lansdowne Road in Middlesbrough. Around 120 plants were discovered in the loft of a property which had caused a fire, leading to officers entering an adjoining property and discovering a further 12 plants. A man was interviewed and cautioned with regards to the 12 plants and enquiries are ongoing with regards to the other 120 plants.

A further cannabis farm was discovered in Grangetown on Thursday 15th June, again after a report of a fire. 15 mature cannabis plants were found in an address on Arundel Road. A 52-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of production of a class B drug and possession of a class B drug. He was released under investigation.

On Friday 21st July officers recovered suspected heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis, a large amount of cash and weapons in raids across Stockton. Five males were arrested in connection with the raids.

Also, in South Bank on Friday 21st July, police recovered more than £12,000 worth of suspected amphetamine and cannabis after a warrant was executed at an address on Stephens Road.

The raid resulted in the arrest of a 55-year-old man on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B drugs. He has been released under investigation.

Inspector Tony Cross, from Cleveland Police’s Community Drugs Enforcement Team, said: “Seizing drugs from criminals takes them off the streets of Cleveland and prevents harm. This success is down to the help and support that we get from the people of Cleveland themselves, who come forward with information regarding drugs activity, alongside intelligence-led policing.

“I would continue to urge anyone with information to get in contact with us. These results show that we are taking action against those who deal drugs in the area and we will continue to do so.

“Anyone with information is asked to call Cleveland Police via the non-emergency number 101.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: “Drugs and the associated antisocial behaviour can make the lives of local residents a misery. I hear of cases like these at the community meetings I attend and I am very pleased to be able to feedback on the good work that is being carried out right across Cleveland to tackle these problems. The dedication of the drugs team and officers across the Force in tackling drugs is very valued.”