Arrests after Washington house raided and drugs and designer watches seized in organised crime crackdown

A Washington house has been raided by police with drugs and designer watches seized as part of a police crackdown on organised crime.

Sunday, 23rd May 2021, 10:16 am
Two men have been arrested as part of a police crackdown on suspected drug dealing
Two men have been arrested as part of a police crackdown on suspected drug dealing

Two suspected drug dealers were arrested as part of the Northumbria Police operation.

Officers carried out targeted searches as part of two separate investigations into illicit drug supply across Tyne and Wear.

The activity was carried out as part of Operation Sentinel - our ongoing effort to tackle serious and organised crime in all its forms.

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On Thursday, one man aged 29 was arrested following a search of a property in Washington where quantities of Temazepam and Cannabis were seized alongside a Rolex and a Patek Philippe watch.

And on Friday, the sustained clampdown continued and a second male aged 28 was arrested following a house search in the West End of Newcastle and £3,000 cash recovered.

Both men were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs and have since been released under investigation.

Detective Inspector Marc Michael from Northumbria Police’s Crime department said the ongoing activity should show the public just how serious the Force is about tightening the net on drug dealers, whose actions have a profound impact on our communities.

“Under the banner of Operation Sentinel we are determined to drive those involved in organised crime out of our communities and bring them to justice,” he said.

“Illegal drug supply is not a victimless crime as it destroys the lives of the vulnerable people who find themselves caught up in the cycle of addiction, exploited and trapped by criminals. Their actions can also have a detrimental impact on the wider community, who can often experience the ripple effects of this type of criminality.

“We will continue to pursue offenders, protect our communities and work with our partners to keep our communities safe.”