Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

26 Arrested in Crackdown; Drugs and Cash Found

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

26 Arrested in Crackdown; Drugs and Cash Found

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Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY

MORE than two dozen people were arrested as part of a nine-day operation by police.

A total of 26 people were taken into custody and thousands of pounds of drugs and stolen goods were recovered as part of Operation Cannonball, organised by police in Northumberland.

They carried out raids and executed warrants throughout the county. The men and women were arrested on suspicion of a range of offences including possession of drugs and money laundering.

Police in Northumberland worked with their counterparts in Durham and Cleveland to arrest suspects who had crossed into other force areas.

They were even helped by police in Surrey, who arrested a 54-year-old man in connection with a theft in Cramlington in 2008.

Det Chief Insp Colin Green, of Northumberland CID, said: "This action should send a clear message to offenders - we are constantly working and gathering intelligence. If you choose to break the law then we will find you and take action.

"It doesn't matter where you are. Police forces across the country all work together and share information. If you commit a crime in Northumberland you will be found out.

"Crime in Northumberland is down compared to last year. There have been 3,000 fewer victims of crime and it's through action like this that we continue to ensure Northumberland remains a safe place to live, work and visit."

More than pounds 7,000 of drugs were seized after warrants were executed at four houses in Ashington.

Cannabis, cocaine and tablets believed to be Ecstasy were recovered and seven people arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs and possession with intent to supply. Three were bailed and four were charged.

Police also executed warrants in the Princes Road and Merton Square areas of Blyth and cautioned two men for possession of cannabis. …

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