Man charged after ‘huge haul’ of drugs seized in Gateshead

Nearly £80,000 worth of cocaine, MDMA and ketamine were seized along with £55,000 cash as part of a drugs raid in Gateshead.

On August 5, officers carried out a coordinated strike at an address in Pelaw as part of a continued crackdown targeting drug supply across Newcastle and Gateshead.

Inside an address, officers uncovered a large stash of drugs and cash – including a one kilo package containing MDMA, along with quantities of cocaine and ketamine.

A significant amount of cash was also seized from inside the address, which officers believe to be associated with drug-related criminality.

£55,000 of cash was also seized in the raid.

A 21-year-old man was arrested in connection with the discoveries and has since been charged with a string of drug-related offences.

The charges include, two counts of possessing a Class A drug with the intent to supply, possessing a Class B drug with the intent to supply and possessing criminal property. He is due to appear at Newcastle Crown Court on September 5.

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Superintendent Jamie Pitt, of Northumbria Police, said: “This was another outstanding result with a huge haul of Class A and Class B drugs seized by our officers.

“I would like to thank everyone involved who helped execute this warrant, including the public who support us by passing on vital intelligence about suspected criminality in their communities.

Nearly £80,000 worth of cocaine, MDMA and ketamine were seized.

“As part of Project Adder, an initiative we run alongside a number of local partners, we are committed to dismantling criminal groups who look to profit from the sale and supply of illegal drugs and bringing effective justice against them.

“We also work closely with our partners in the local authority to help those who are living with addiction and make sure they get the help and support they need.

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“We will not tolerate drug-related criminality and will continue to take swift and robust action against perpetrators in order to protect our communities and ensure our region remains as safe as it possibly can be.”

Anyone who suspects drug-related criminality in their community is encouraged to report it to police via the Tell Us Something page on the Northumbria Police website or by calling 101.