Three men arrested after drug raids in Sunderland, Peterlee and Middlesbrough

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A Sunderland man has been arrested after a police crackdown on suspected drug offenders.

As part of Operation Citrine officers from the Northumbria, Durham and Cleveland forces executed 10 warrants in Sunderland, Peterlee and Middlesborough on Thursday in connection with the unlawful supply of Class A Drugs.

A 42-year-old Sunderland man and two men from Peterlee, aged 27 and 39, were arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking offences today and remain in police custody.

A 43-year-old man from Middlesbrough, who was arrested prior to the raids, remains on bail.

Detective Superintendent Alan Veitch of North East Regional Specialist Operations Unit (NERSOU) has warned that more arrests will follow across the region .

He said: "This is an excellent example of collaborative work across the three forces in targeting criminals who have no boundaries in their offending.

"It sends out a message that we will work together to tackle these organised crime groups and bring them to justice.

"And the work doesn't stop here - together we will continue to breakdown these organised groups across our region and beyond. Often serious and organised offenders don't just operate in one area, but we will track these people down to wherever our enquiries take us and ensure action is taken."