Men arrested in drug raid on house

Police drugs raid at St Ives Place, Murton
Police drugs raid at St Ives Place, Murton
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TWO men were arrested on suspicion of drugs offences as part of an operation to crackdown on organised crime gangs.

The raid on a semi-detached house in Murton was carried out by a team of 10 officers under Durham Constabulary’s ongoing Operation Sledgehammer campaign.

Police drugs raid at St Ives Place, Murton

Police drugs raid at St Ives Place, Murton

One of the men, a 26-year-old, was arrested nearby on suspicion of possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply.

A quantity of what is believed to be cocaine was found in a garden of a street.

A 24-year-old was arrested after officers forced their way into the property and was held on suspicion of possession of a class A and later given a caution for possessing cocaine.

The search was carried out at 6.30pm on Friday (APRIL 27), with the 26-year-old released on bail pending inquiries, including analysis of the suspected drugs.

Cash totalling £200 was also seized as part of the raid.

Sergeant Jim Peel, of Seaham Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We will not tolerate drug dealing in our communities in any way and any information passed on to use about it will be acted on.

“We have had some good feedback from people in the area following the operation.”

Extra patrols were carried out in the aftermath of the incident, with officers passing on details of what had happened to residents, with leaflets also dropped of at homes.

Special constables also took part in the operation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Durham Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.