Drugs haul seized in Washington raid

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POLICE have recovered a drugs haul in Washington.

On Friday, July 26, a drugs search warrant was carried out at a metal storage container in an industrial unit in Barmston, Washington.

Inside the container, officers discovered a number of kilos of what is believed to be a controlled drug substance along with drugs paraphernalia.

The drug has been sent to be forensically examined and tested, however, it’s believed it could have an estimated street value of several hundred thousand pounds.

Enquiries are on-going to establish who the drugs belong to.

Acting Superintendent Dave Willett, of Sunderland Area Command, said: “This is a huge quantity of drugs that have been taken out of circulation, not only that we’ve stopped the drug dealer or dealers from benefiting financially from the drugs.

“The misery illegal drugs bring to our communities and associated crime and disorder is well known and we will continue to crackdown on those involved in supply.

“Enquiries are now underway to find who the drugs belong to and our warning to them is that we will be taking action against them and making sure they are arrested and put before the courts.”

The activity comes as part of Northumbria Police’s Operation Soundwave, aimed at silencing criminals during the summer months.

Anyone who has any information this drug recovery is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Residents with concerns about drugs or drugs supply in their community can also use the 101 non-emergency number to speak to discuss their concerns with the local neighbourhood policing team.