Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cocaine Haul 'Worth Pounds 11m'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cocaine Haul 'Worth Pounds 11m'

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COCAINE worth up to pounds 11m was seized by police who intercepted cars heading into the North-East.

Officers found 15 kilos of the class A drug - the biggest haul in a single Northumbria Police operation - when they stopped two cars.

Gerald O'Leary, 53, the driver of one of the vehicles, yesterday pleaded not guilty at Newcastle Crown Court to possessing the drug with intent to supply.

O'Leary, of Litherland in Liverpool, denies knowing what was in the two cars, which were travelling in convoy towards Sunderland.

He has already admitted dangerous driving in speeding away from police as they tried to surround his vehicle, leading them on a chase at up to 100mph on the A1.

Mark Peter Burbidge, 36, of Chesterfield in Derbyshire, has admitted possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.

The pair were intercepted at about 3.25pm on May 16 as officers in unmarked cars and traffic vehicles surrounded them on the A690 in Houghton-le-Spring. …

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