Four men have been arrested for drugs offences after cannabis plants were found across the Seaham area.
Four addresses were searched by officers yesterday following a routine traffic stop.
As the incident unfolded it became clear that we were dealing with a substantial drugs operation in the Dawdon area.Sergeant Steve Thubron
A road policing officer stopped a Vauxhall Vectra in Murton which was found to have no insurance.
The driver also had no licence, and this led to a house in the area being searched.
Further searches at three other addresses in Seaham including, the Yummy Yummy Chinese takeaway in Alexandra Road, led to the discovery of a substantial cannabis grow, which included 429 plants and growing equipment.
Sergeant Steve Thubron from Seaham Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “The neighbourhood team have been assisted by officers from across the force to secure and seize the evidence in this case.
“As the incident unfolded it became clear that we were dealing with a substantial drugs operation in the Dawdon area.
“The community have welcomed our action, and I would like to reassure residents that we will disrupt these operations in the future and bring those responsible to justice.”
Four men, all of Vietnamese origin, were arrested for being concerned in the cultivation and production of cannabis.
Inquiries are continuing.
If you suspect anyone of growing cannabis or dealing drugs, call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.