Two suspected drug dealers arrested after police spotted their car in Gateshead

Police have arrested two suspected drug dealers after officers spotted a car linked to the supply of illicit substances in Gateshead.
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Officers from Northumbria Police spotted the vehicle as it was being driven on Coldwell Lane, in the Felling area of Gateshead, shortly after 12pm on Tuesday, March 14.

The car was stopped and officers from the Force’s Response Policing Team, supported by the Firearms Support Unit, searched the vehicle and its occupants.

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Around 50 wraps of what is believed to be crack cocaine, cocaine and heroin were found hidden on one of the occupants, with two mobile phones, active with calls and messages, were recovered.

Police then carried out a number of house searches and a small quantity of cannabis was recovered from one property.

Two men, aged 21 and 22, were arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply - both have been bailed pending further inquiries.

Two men were arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply. Two men were arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply.
Two men were arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply.

Inspector Mark Phillipps, of Northumbria Police, said: “This is a fantastic result for our communities, who do not deserve to have organised criminals operating on their doorstep.

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“Our officers acted swiftly in spotting a vehicle that is linked to supplying drugs and were able to apprehend the occupants safely.

“We have arrested two men on suspicion of possession of drugs with intent to supply and a large quantity of drugs taken out of circulation.

“We hope this sends a message to those engaging in criminality in our communities that we are committed to stopping this illegal activity and bringing you to justice.”

Northumbria Police is urging anyone with information about suspicious activity in their area to report it to them via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page on their website or by calling 101.

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Members of the public can also pass on information via independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.

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