Police have arrested two men throughout daybreak raids across Newcastle.
On Thursday, searches had been carried out at properties on Warkworth Woods in Gosforth, Harlow Avenue in Fawdon and High Meadows in Kenton as a part of Operation Sentinel – an effort to disrupt and dismantle organised crime in the area.
The men, aged 34 and 31, had been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to produce cocaine and have since been launched on police bail.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Woods, from the Force’s Priority and Organised Crime Team (POCT), stated: “Illegal medicine could cause distress for many individuals dwelling in the communities we serve.
“Through no fault of their very own, folks can usually discover themselves caught up in the ripple results of organised crime, particularly the susceptible.
“Our message to anybody attempting to promote promoting extremely addictive, illicit substances to susceptible addicts, or anybody else for that matter, is that you may count on to be welcomed with the total pressure of the legislation and introduced earlier than the courts.
“We will proceed to disrupt severe and organised crime as a part of Operation Sentinel, our ongoing exercise with Durham, Cleveland and the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU.)”
If you need to report any suspicious exercise, you are able to do so through the Tell Us Something web page on Northumbria Police’s web site. Or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.