A CAR manufacturing worker has been arrested on suspicion of dealing drugs at Wearside’s Nissan plant.
Police went to the motor giant’s Washington factory after receiving a report of suspected drug dealing.
A 41-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply. He has been bailed pending further inquiries.
A fellow car worker, who did not want to be named, said: “Two police officers came on site and took him away.”
Nissan said that the man concerned was a contractor employed by Pennywell-based Calsonic Kansei, one of its supply chain companies and not employed by Nissan.
A Nissan spokesman said: “We are aware of this incident. As it concerns a member of staff from a supply company, it would be inappropriate for us to comment.”
The Echo understands Calsonic Kansei has some staff based at the Nissan plant, but it is not clear whether the arrested worker was sited permanently at the premises.
A spokesman for Calsonic Kansei said the company, which supplies components used in the production of Nissan vehicles, was taking further action after the incident.
He said: “We have become aware of a potential breach of the company’s code of conduct. We have taken appropriate action, which is currently ongoing.”
A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “Police received a report of suspected drug dealing at a business premises in Washington on Friday September 16.
“Officers attended and arrested a 41-year-old man on suspicion of possession with intent to supply.”