Drugs, cash and weapons seized with 10 people arrested as part of police crackdown in Gateshead

Two vehicles and an off-road bike were also seized by officers.

Police officers have seized cocaine, cash and weapons during a series of warrants executed as part of a crackdown on serious and organised crime.

On Friday, September 15 Northumbria Police officers targeted nine addresses in the Beacon Lough East area of Gateshead believed to be associated with a conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

The joint operation, which involved working alongside Gateshead Council, is the biggest day of activity in the Beacon Lough East community aimed at clamping down on ongoing criminal activity, including drug dealing and anti-social behaviour.

Officers from the Force’s Firearms Support Unit, Dog Section, Motor Patrols, Mounted Section and response officers joined with Neighbourhood Policing Teams for the operation.

Suspected cocaine and cannabis were seized, as well as £6,000 in cash, bladed articles and a firearm.

Two vehicles and an off-road bike were also seized by officers.

Ten people aged between 42 and 15 have been arrested, with some arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and others arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class B drugs.

Inspector Ree Gray, of Northumbria Police, said: “We are extremely pleased that we have been able to seize a haul of dangerous substances and cash as we work to ensure our communities are free from criminality and the harm these substances bring.

“Nobody wants this type of criminality happening on their doorstep and, as shown time and time again, it can lead to a range of other issues such as anti-social behaviour and violence.”

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Insp Gray added: “We will continue to work with our partners to dismantle the criminal groups who try to profit from the sale and supply of illegal drugs, as well as ensuring those affected by drug addiction receive the necessary support they need.

“I’d ask that the community continue to help us by providing information which can assist us in our work. You are our eyes and ears and we greatly value the contribution you make in assisting our work to tackle crime.”