Man charged after cocaine swoop

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A MAN has been charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine in a police operation which saw three others arrested.

Alexander Dobbing, 35, of Burdon Walk, Castle Eden, was remanded by Peterlee Magistrates’ Court and entered no plea to the allegation.

He will appear before Durham Crown Court next Monday.

Two other men and a woman, who are aged between 21 and 35, were also arrested on suspicion of the same offence as part of the operation.

The arrests took place in the border area of Scotland and Cumbria, as well as Peterlee, with the three released on bail as inquiries continue.

More than 30 detectives, uniformed officers and specialist staff took part in the operation, which is part of an ongoing campaign to target organised crime gangs in the North East as well as criminal links to other areas.

As part of the same investigation, officers recovered £300,000-worth of cocaine in September, where one man was arrested, charged and is awaiting sentence following a guilty plea.

Detective Inspector Paul Colling, of the North East Regional Specialist Operations Unit, said: “This is a clear message to anyone involved in serious and organised crime.”