Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Drug Squads Swoop

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Drug Squads Swoop

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Byline: Sarah Stack

Street dealers have been targeted by police hit squads as a crime crackdown swept across Stockton.

A total of 17 properties in the area were subjected to dawn raids and 19 arrests were made , including three men and one woman in the early hours of today.

More than pounds 11,000 in cash and a quantity of drugs were also seized by officers.

The raids fell under the responsibility of Operation Sabre, Cleveland Police's ongoing major crime blitz. Detective Inspector Darren Best, who led the investigation, said the raids took the dealers off the streets of Stockton.

He said: "The purpose of the arrests was to take in the lower level of dealers.

"But while carrying out the raids, we made additional arrests at the scene on people who were wanted for other offences, including burglary.

"We already had a lot of information and intelligence that these people are responsible for drug dealing and we wanted them off the street," he added. …

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