POLICE swooped on homes across Sunderland during a series of raids that uncovered a haul of deadly drugs.
Cocaine, heroin and cannabis were discovered when officers searched 12 houses across the city.
Cash, stolen goods and other items believed to be involved in crime were also seized as part of the covert Operation Centaur.
A total of nine people were arrested in connection with drug offences yesterday.
Police chiefs today hailed the operation a success. They say it netted a “large quantity” of drugs and has played a huge role in their war on drugs.
Acting Chief Superintendent Alan Veitch, of Sunderland Area Command, said: “The purpose of the operation was to target those suspected of being involved in drugs and drug supply and so far nine people have been arrested.
“Not only can illegal drugs have a devastating effect on those who take them and those around them, but they can ruin our communities.
“We believe drugs play a huge part in other types of crime such as theft and burglary, and are determined to disrupt the supply on to the streets of Sunderland.
“We make no apology for our tough stance and will continue to take a hard line in our approach to tackling crime and protecting our communities.”
Officers remained on scene at the 12 city houses, including addresses in Red House, Marley Pots, Southwick and Grangetown, yesterday as they searched them for drugs and other evidence.
Police have pledged to carry out more days of action as they continue to blitz drug dealers operating across Wearside.
Mr Veitch said: “This has been very successful and we are very pleased with the way it has gone.
“The public can be reassured that the police here in Sunderland have been working very hard and we believe this will have a significant impact.
“This is not something we will do just once, it is on going and we will continue to bring this fight to the streets.”
Coun Tom Foster, Safer Sunderland Partnership chairman, added: “Drugs and drug dealing has a detrimental affect on our communities and we will continue to work in partnership to stop those responsible and make Sunderland even safer.”
Anyone one any information about drugs and drugs supply can phone police on 03456 043 043 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.