A LARGE amount of drugs have been found after homes were searched across a town.
During the last three weeks, cannabis plants with a street value of approximately £115,000 have been seized during house searches at six addresses in villages on the outskirts of Chester-le-Street.
Acting Sergeant Norman Foster, from the rural policing team, said: “We found cannabis farms at each premises, with a considerable amount of plants and growing equipment at each location.
“The seizures are as a result of good community intelligence coupled with excellent investigative policing.”
As a result of the police actions five people – four men and one woman - were arrested, with two of the men and the woman receiving formal police cautions
Two men are still on police bail while inquiries continue, a sixth suspect is also being sought and police are confident of making a further arrest soon..
“This type of criminal activity will not be tolerated in our communities and we will do everything in our power to eradicate this type of crime. This is a good example of positive action taken by police by engaging with our communities,” said Acting Sgt Foster.
Should anyone have any further information regarding similar offences or associated drugs activity, then contact Durham Police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.