13 arrested after dawn drugs raids

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DAWN raids on have seen tens of thousands of pounds in cash seized in a crackdown on the supply of Class A drugs.

Eleven men from the Houghton and Durham area and another two in Merseyside are in custody today in an operation which saw around 200 officers carry out the searches.

The strikes were launched at 6am today as part of Durham Constabulary’s Operation Sledgehammer

Those arrested were aged between 28 and 42, with the majority detained on suspicion of supplying Class A drugs.

They are currently at police stations across the force area where they will be interviewed later today.

This morning’s arrests took place at houses in Consett, South Moor, Houghton, Hetton-le Hole, Chester-le-Street and Pittington as well as Consett, South Moor, near Stanley and Ferryhill.

Further searches were made at addresses in Sherburn Village, Bournmoor, West Rainton, and Consett, with £12,000 found at a house in Houghton. Searches will continue throughout today at locations including two waste recycling sites in Consett.