Jailed: Sunderland man who hid £240,000 of drugs in Washington industrial unit

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A SUNDERLAND man who hid thousands of pounds worth of drugs in a storage container has been jailed.

Anthony Laybourne, 30, of Fairmead Way, Sunderland, has been sentenced to seven years after a drugs bust at an industrial unit in Barmston, Washington.

Officers discovered pills and a white substance hidden in a metal storage container during the raid on July 26 last year.

Forensic testing revealed that the substance was amphetamine with an estimated potential street value of £240,000.

Detective Constable Nick Durham said: “Too many people’s lives have been worsened due to drugs and this sentence should send a message to the people involved in the supply of illegal drugs that they will be caught, arrested and prosecuted.

“This investigation has successfully taken a huge quantity of drugs out of circulation and now Laybourne is starting a significant jail sentence.”

Sunderland Chief Inspector Dave Willett said: “Illegal drugs can have a devastating impact on individuals and families and we are doing everything we can to keep drugs away from our communities. Our work to take illegal drugs out of circulation will continue.”

The original warrant was carried out during widespread activity last summer as part of Northumbria Police’s ongoing Operation Soundwave - aimed at silencing criminals, particularly those involved in opportunist crime.