Tip-off leads to drugs raid

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A DRUG dealer has been spared jail after more than £32,000 of drugs were seized during a raid on his home.

Anthony John Paul Brogan, of Thorndale Road, Thorney Close, was arrested after specialist officers from the Total Policing Task Force raided his home and another at Westmoor Road, Ford Estate.

During the drugs bust, officers unearthed thousands of steroids tablets, as well as two packages containing half a kilo of powder, and boxes filled with bottles containing drugs.

Small amounts of cocaine were also discovered during their search, and police found a set of weighing scales and a large industrial-sized press.

The packages containing powder were sent off to be analysed by experts.

The tests revealed that the packages contained butylone – similar to Ecstasy – with an estimated street value of more than £10,000, and psychoactive drug MDPV, worth an estimated £22,700.

The 31-year-old was arrested and later charged after tip-offs from the community led to August’s raids.

Brogan pleaded guilty to possession of Class B and Class C drugs with intent to supply at a previous hearing at Newcastle Crown Court.

He has now been given a 40-week suspended sentence.

Chief Superintendent Rachel Kearton, of Sunderland Area Command, said: “As this operation shows, we’ll always act on information received about drug use and supply in Sunderland.

“Drugs can have a devastating impact on individuals and families and we are doing everything we can to keep drugs away from our communities.”

Detective Superintendent Dave Byrne, of Northumbria Police’s Crime Department, added: “This successful operation has not just put a dealer behind bars, it has also taken a significant quantity of drugs of our streets.

“We will target anyone who brings harm to our neighbourhoods. This is part of our commitment to dismantling organised crime and making our communities safer.”