Cannabis find after drawn police raid

Police officers arresting a man in Henry Street North, Murton, after a search drugs on Thursday morning.

Police officers arresting a man in Henry Street North, Murton, after a search drugs on Thursday morning.

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A HOUSE was searched and a man arrested by police in a morning raid.

The home, in James Street North, Murton, was targeted in the operation involving 10 police officers and supported by a sniffer dog.

Seaham Neighbourhood Policing Team discovered two small plastic boxes of herbal cannabis as a result of the check, which took place on Thursday.

A 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a class B controlled drug.

He was taken to a police station where he was interviewed, and later cautioned for the offence.

Sergeant Jim Peel, who leads the neighbourhood team, said: “This shows what happens when the police and the community work together.

“We’ve have recently had a number of successes in Murton in regards to suspected drug dealers.

“These issues are certainly no worse then they are in any similar size of village in the North East, and Murton is definitely more safer than many.

“However, the community will not tolerate drug dealing whatsoever and it shares our passion for making it safe.

“We value people’s information and will act on it, so they can get in contact with us through Crimestoppers or directly.”

The search followed on from another raid last month in St Ives Place in the village, where a 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a class A drug with intent to supply.

He was released on police bail pending further inquiries.

The next police and communities together meeting, where residents can pass on information to officers and raise concerns, will be held on Monday, June 11, at 6.30pm in the Glebe Centre.

Anyone who would like to pass on details about drug offending can also call Durham Constabulary on 101, or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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